Friday, 26 February 2010

BOOK NEWS: Angelina Jolie is to play Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta

Angelina Jolie to take on Patricia Cornwell's famous protagonist

Angelina Jolie. Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is to take on the role of Patricia Cornwell's cult character Kay Scarpetta, as featured in novels such as Book of the Dead.

While the casting decision has been met with widespread dissatisfaction among die-hard fans, the author herself is happy with the decision, according to the Daily Mail.

Despite having initially wanted Jodie Foster to have played the part, Cornwell insists that Jolie is committed to the role. When the two met, the writer was reassured by the actress's attitude.

She told the news provider: "When Angelina came out of the left field last year, I was floored. She had pithy things to say about what she wanted to do [and] is direct and goal-oriented."

The dissatisfied fans' main gripe is that Scarpetta is a middle-aged, unglamorous woman with short blonde hair – not descriptions immediately associated with Ms Jolie.

The film, called The Tourist, will also feature Johnny Depp.

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My Thoughts:

To be fair, I have only read one Patricia Cornwell book but I really couldn't picture Kay Scarpetta as looking anything like Angelina Jolie and I was somewhat surprised at the casting.
I suppose she is a big name and will 'up' the profile of the books, and maybe even introduce a whole new lot of readers to the series who perhaps weren't aware of them before.
But I just can't see her as Kay Scarpetta.

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