With apologies to the Big Bad Wolf: My, what "Big Eyes" Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds have.
Not literally, of course. But according to indieWire, Witherspoon and Reynolds have both just signed on to play the husband and wife team of Margaret and Walter Keane in the upcoming non-romcom biopic "Big Eyes."
Looks like Grandma's house just got a little bit of star power.
If you haven't heard of the Keanes, here's a quick refresher course in the ups and downs of modern art. Back in the late 1950's, the couple rose to fame for their extremely creepy series of paintings depicting children with enormous, blackly staring dead eyes. For some reason, this became a big hit. After the couple got a divorce, though, things went sour pretty quickly for one simple reason: Margaret apparently was doing all the actual painting while Walter was taking all the credit.
Things finally came to a head in an infamous 1986 lawsuit where the presiding judge came up with an epically brilliant solution to their competing claims: He ordered them to hold a paint-off in the courtroom to prove who had actually done the paintings. Margaret was the winner by default when Walter refused to paint, citing a shoulder injury, which might be the first time a bum joint cost someone $4 million. Hey Walter, next time rub some IcyHot on that sucker!
"Big Eyes" has been in development for years, but with Witherspoon and Reynolds now attached -- and Tim Burton set to produce (!) -- it appears it will finally begin production this spring. Go get 'em, Reese!