Since the announcement of La Dolce Vita's remake, we muse on the contemporary talents who can take on this heavyweight
For better or for worse, a remake of La Dolce Vita is coming. Announced yesterday, filmmaker Federico Fellini's estate closed an option agreement with AMBI Group principals to do a remake of the 1960 comedy-drama. Considered to be one of the great classics, the film won the Palme d'Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
Andrea Iervolino, a principal of AMBI Group shared that the film will be set in a contemporary setting, and intends for it to be as award winning as the original. It'll stay loyal to the plot: a journalist's hedonistic pursuit of love and happiness in post-war Rome, flanked by liaisons with heiresses and movie stars while still living in the shadow of a destructive relationship.
While no further details have been announced, we can't help but gather a dream Hollywood cast for a possible English language remake.
Oscar Isaac as Marcello Rubini, a restless journalist
If you haven't heard of Oscar Isaac, you should be ashamed of yourself. Not only does he share Marcello Mastroianni's strong jaw and old-school good looks, Isaac has the acting chops to prove it. His talent's been simmering under the surface, but 2015's looking to be his breakout year. He's held his own as the talented but deadbeat singer-guitarist in the Coen Brothers flick Inside Llewyn Davis, and shows off his groovy gangster genius in Ex-Machina, which is showing this weekend at The Projector.
Jennifer Lawrence as Emma, Marcello's troubled fiancée
Lawrence's range just continues to astound us. As shown in the X-Men and Hunger Games series, she's helmed powerful characters with a strong sensuality. However, it's still her Oscar-winning performance as a raw, messed-up but determined widow in Silver Linings Playbook that remains the most memorable. Not only does she bear a striking resemblance to original actress Yvonne Furneaux, she'll give the character's desperation and hunger for affection a sense of magnetism and empathy.
Blake Lively as Sylvia, a Swedish-American actress
Cinema never tires of the blonde bombshell — svelte yet buxom, sexy yet silly, and a whole other list of walking contradictions that makes them the stuff of dreams and envy. Lively's made for the part of Sylvia, who stunned the world when she waded into the Trevi Fountain in the middle of the night after a walk around Rome with a kitten on her head. Lively's played such ethereal but flaky characters in the past — Serena in Gossip Girl and Adaline in The Age of Adaline — she'll slip into this role easily.
Rooney Mara as Maddalena, a beautiful heiress
Mara's steely gaze could bring men to their knees — as did Anouk Aimée in her breakout role as a worldly woman suffering from a serious case of ennui. Mara really commanded the screen in the scene where she expertly shut down Jesse Eisenberg's character, Mark Zuckerberg, in The Social Network. She's great at balancing internal infernos with a composed, deadpan nature, as seen in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and her recent effort, Carol — and she'll be great in relaying the subtleties that Maddalena depends on.