Bradford's Hollywood: February 23 2013

by Trisha Hound / 14 February, 2013
Tina Fey; Jim Sturgess; and Kristen Stewart.
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart, photo/Getty Images


With Bella Swan now behind her and the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel yet to get under way, Kristen Stewart has landed a role in an independent dark comedy. Called The Big Shoe, it is written and directed by Steven Shainberg, best known for 2002 flick Secretary. Like that film, his latest will be laced with eroticism and humour, he says, “where shoes are better than sex”.

Jim Sturgess (21) will play a gifted shoe designer forced to break free from family members who want to turn his designs into mass-produced knock-offs. The family hire a psychotherapist to lure him back to work, with the therapist to be played by the wonderful Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect). Stewart will play the designer’s muse, and it looks likely Susan Sarandon, who worked with Sturgess on Cloud Atlas, will play his overbearing mother. British designer Georgina Goodman will create the shoes for the film.

  • Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore could be working with 30 Rock star Tina Fey next. He’s in line to helm a movie called The Nest, written by Saturday Night Live veteran and Fey’s chum Paula Pell. It’s about two thirty-something sisters who come home to find their parents’ house has been put up for sale. They spend a last wild weekend together, bonding, feuding and finally growing up.

  • Moore’s former Everwood stars, Chris Pratt and Emily VanCamp, are moving on to bigger and better roles. Pratt, who plays goofy on Parks and Recreation and serious in Zero Dark Thirty, will do a bit of both, but mostly comedy, in new Marvel superhero flick Guardians of the Galaxy. He will play Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, a half-human, half-alien hybrid who is the leader of the Guardians. His character is one of the few that won’t be created via motion capture, hardly surprising given other members of his intergalactic team include a talking raccoon and a tree. Unlike the Avengers, the Guardians are far from slick – mostly a bunch of losers and ex-cons who get together by accident. Pratt won the role from better-known candidates, such as Sturgess, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eddie Redmayne. Guardians of the Galaxy first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1969, but they didn’t get their own series until the 1990s. In the comics, they occasionally worked with the Avengers, so expect some crossover opportunities in the future. As for VanCamp, who plays Emily in TV hit Revenge, she has landed the female lead in Captain America 2, playing Sharon Carter, a Shield agent who is the niece of the first film’s love interest, Peggy Carter.

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