09 September 2005

Ewan To The Fourth Power

Hey guys, it's Donnie...I'd heard about The Great Pretender a few months back, but significant progress seems to have been made it now it looks like it's really gonna happen. Relativity Media is footing the $18m bill so the film can start lensing in London this January.

The Great Pretender (sadly, no affiliations to Michael T. Weiss) stars Ewan McGregor, Ewan McGregor, Ewan McGregor and, in a very strange bit of casting, Ewan McGregor. McGregor will play a 1930s Hollywood actor named Leslie Grangely shooting a movie about Bonnie Prince Charlie and Scotland's Jacobite Rebellion in 1745. However, Grangely pulls a drunken disappearing act, forcing the producers to replace him with an extra with a starting resemblence to the star. Not only that, but within the movie in the movie, Bonnie Prince Charlie uses a look-a-like to evade capture. That means that McGregor will be playing four characters in two time periods: The prince and the double in 1745 and the actor and the extra in 1938.

If you're not a big Ewan McGregor fan, you'll probably want to steer clear of this one. But then again, I think very few people really dislike McGregor, and any movie where he actually gets to use his Scottish accent makes me smile. It was easily the best part of The Island. That and Scarlett Johansson in a white track suit.


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