Angela Lansbury cast as Katherine Heigl’s daughter in ADALINE

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 12th, 2010

Move over, Betty White! There's another former television queen from the older set breaking back into big movies. Angela Lansbury! I am so pleased to be writing this! No more puns! Lansbury has just been cast in the Katherine Heigl-starring ADALINE. As Heigl's daughter. If you remember the plot of the project, you (hopefully) realize this is not a typo, nor a complete blackout on my part. ADALINE? Remember? Like Heigl's BENJAMIN BUTTON? Follow along...

ADALINE, formerly called THE AGE OF ADALINE, was announced way back in May. Back then, we learned that the film will take place in the early 20thcentury, and "will see our titular character struck witha curious malady. Heigl’s character is 'rendered ageless after an accident.' But whatever this accident may be, and whatever her supposed agelessness might entail, at some point she’ll meet a man 'who might be worth losing her immortality' over." What we didn't necessarily gather from that? An implication of just how long Heigl's Adaline had been "sick." With Lansbury now cast as her daughter (a character that will be in her eighties), we have an answer - almost a century.

We've also learned that Lansbury's character will be of "declining health," and that her twentysomething-looking mother will need to care for her. I am visualizing a big death scene already, but surely Lansbury's tangible mortality will stand in contrast to her mother's.

While I am not the biggest Heigl fan on the planet, I do see flashes of talent from her even in the worst of her films (hello, THE UGLY TRUTH). Most of those flashes come when Heigl's isn't trying to make a goofy rom-com shtick stick, but when she's actually portraying deeper emotions. She even softened me up a bit in LIFE AS WE KNOW IT. Heigl in a more demanding role might just be what converts me to true fan. I hope ADALINE is that role.

The film will be directed by Andy Tennant (here's hoping he can break away from his previous work - HITCH, FOOL'S GOLD - for this one). J Mills Goodloe and Sal Paskowitz wrote the intial script, which is now seeing revisions from Allison Burnett. The film will begin shooting in April.

What do you think about ADALINE and this casting news?

Source Deadline, via Cinema Blend

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