The wait is over. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has finally found its dame.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog states that Eva Green has signed on to to play Ava Lord in the Sin City sequel. Both Miller and Rodriguez are fairly high on her, or at least spinning it that way.
“Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City,” Rodriguez and Miller said in a statement. “From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green.”
After both Angelina Jolie and Rachel Weisz passed on it, you mean. The directorial pair pretty much admitted that they were pursuing Jolie for the role.
In my opinion, this is a quite a step down. The role is a not only a major one, but also a difficult one. Ava Lord is presented as the type of woman so alluring that men lose their senses around her and do stupid things around her. But she is also presented as being shrewd and intelligent enough to take advantage of that stupidity to her greatest advantage. In other words, a hyper-charged version of your prototypical femme fatale.
I think Jolie could have done the role in her sleep. Weisz would have been an interesting choice–not perfect, but with potential to be really special. But as for Green? To be honest, I have not seen much of Green’s work. But from what I have seen, she doesn’t appear to be in the same league as Jolie or Weisz. Is Green beautiful? Yes. A good actress? In the right role, yeah. But not dead solid perfect.
Who knows? Maybe I am wrong and Rodriguez and Miller saw more in her than just her willingness to actually take the part. I guess we’ll find out on October 4th of this year.