English literature contains thousands of classics, but it seems that only three of them are regularly dusted off for a big screen adaptation: Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights," Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre," and Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." All three are among my favorites, so I can't complain, but it's hard to see them redone over and over again just for the sake of casting the hottest actor or actress of the moment. This new "Wuthering Heights" is no exception, as Variety reports that Gemma Arterton and Ed Westwick have been cast as the immortal couple, Catherine and Heathcliff.
This particular "Heights" has been in the trades quite often. It originally had Natalie Portman in the part of Cathy, but she dropped out and was replaced by Abbie Cornish. Michael Fassbender ("300") was attached to play Heathcliff; he moved on as well. The producers opted to go younger with the story, so now they've brought in Arterton and Westwick. "Heights" has also seen a man come and go from the director's chair, as Peter Webber ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") has replaced John Maybury.
The Twilighters out there are probably very familiar with the plot of the book, as Stephanie Meyer has cited it as an influence on the series, and even referenced it in "Eclipse." Although it stars one of the most selfish and psychotic couples in all of English literature, there's no book like it for passionate speeches, barren moors, and visits from the supernatural. It's one of my personal favorites, and I've been frustrated by every adaptation done so far. I'll hope for the best with this latest announcement, but am prepared for another disappointment. At least there's always the book, right?
Twilighters, have you been inspired to read the book thanks to Stephanie Meyer? What do the Bronte fans on the Movie Blog think of Arterton and Westwick as Cathy and Heathcliff? Too young? Who do you see in the part?