July 01--Director Paul Feig, hot off the box-office success of "The Heat," is going to stick with women with guns. But in his next movie, his lead will be a spy -- a female James Bond.
The planned 20th Century Fox project is in the early stages of development and has not yet been cast, and it's unclear how comedic or dramatic the film will be. But the performer possibilities are intriguing.
For the moment, Feig is enjoying the proceeds of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's "The Heat," a buddy cop comedy that opened to $40 million in domestic release, a stronger-than-expected launch that easily trounced the weekend's other new wide release, Channing Tatum's "White House Down." The latter film grossed a poor $25.7 million, at the very low range of its projected debut.
Feig, who directed 2011's smash comedy "Bridesmaids," believes there's far too few movies for and starring women. As my colleague Rebecca Keegan noted in her box-office recap of "The Heat," the $43-million production attracted an audience that was 65% female.
While Feig could certainly have some fun coming up with the name of the Bond boy in his 007 gender-bender -- what's the equally sexist version of Pussy Galore, Holly Goodhead and Plenty O'Toole? -- his most interesting choice is the lead actress.
Could he stick with McCarthy, who kicks butt in "The Heat" and also helped anchor "Bridesmaids"?
Or should he go younger, and cast someone like the 22-year-old Jennifer Lawrence from "The Hunger Games," or look overseas, and pick a European star such as Noomi Rapace, the Swedish lead in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"?
Maybe you have your own suggestion.
Whatever your preference, cast your vote!
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