That crown was getting uncomfortable anyway.
After playing princesses in two “Princess Diaries” movies and “Ella Enchanted,” Anne Hathaway is moving on to a less glamorous role — the naive housewife.
Hathaway was just cast alongside Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” director Ang Lee’s adaptation of Annie Proulx’s short story “Brokeback Mountain.”
“[Ledger and Gyllenhaal] play boys who are hired to be sheepherders for the summer and they wind up falling in love,” Hathaway said. “And the movie basically is their hidden 20-year love affair. And I play Jake Gyllenhaal’s wife, who has no clue what’s going on.”
Hathaway will start shooting the drama in May for release next year. In the meantime, “Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement,” the sequel to her 2001 surprise hit, is due August 11.
“I heard a tagline for it the other day, which I think says it best, which is ’To get to Genovia there’s just a little hitch,’ ” Hathaway said, referring to the fictional European principality where the movies take place. “In ancient law, Genovia law, it’s discovered that in order to become queen, a woman has to be married. Which wouldn’t be a big deal, except there actually turns out to be a blood heir who can become king. So [my character] Mia kind of has to bypass the law or get married.”
Fans anxious to see Hathaway back as a princess can tide themselves over with “Ella Enchanted,” another movie based on a novel, which opened last weekend.
In the movie, the actress reveals a secret talent when she sings Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and duets with Minnie Driver on Elton John’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (see “Minnie Driver Comes Out Singing In ’Phantom Of The Opera’ “ ).
So will Hathaway follow other teenage actresses like Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan and make an album? “I don’t think so,” she said. “That’s not for me. That’s not my style. I would feel weird about promoting it, like, ’Come listen to my voice.’ It would just be a little uncomfortable.”