Jack Black has some friends to hang out with in Lilliput. Variety reports that Emily Blunt and Jason Segel have signed on for Rob Letterman's "Gulliver's Travels," a re-imagining of the Jonathan Swift classic.
Black will play Lemuel Gulliver, a travel writer who takes an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle and ends up washing ashore on the island of Lilliput, where he is a giant among the tiny population. Blunt will play a Lilliputian princess who falls for Black. Segel will play Horatio, a Lilliput native who quickly becomes Guilliver's best friend, and who helps him escape when he is captured.
As expected, Letterman's film is a pretty big departure from Swift's original tale, which mocked the English royal court, and the wars of his time period, and lacked a romantic subplot. How will that romance resolve itself, I wonder?
In other news, in a really lousy twist of scheduling fate "Gulliver" might put Blunt's role as Black Widow in "Iron Man 2" in jeopardy. Both "Guilliver" and "Iron Man 2" are set to begin shooting in the spring, and her representatives are currently negotiating with Fox and Marvel in order that she might play Natasha Romanov and a Lilliput princess.
Readers, does a re-imagining of "Guilliver's Travels" appeal to you more than the bitter original? Does the cast have you looking forward to this one, or would you rather see Blunt in "Iron Man 2"?