The new drama from director Simon Curtis (Five Days, My Week With Marilyn), Woman in Gold, is now playing in theaters. Starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock) and Ryan Reynolds (Waiting, Safe House), the film follows the story of Maria Altman (Mirren), a Jewish woman who seeks to regain her family’s lost artwork that was stolen by the Nazi party in World War II with the help of her lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Reynolds). The film is based on the memoirs of Altman and Schoenberg and was adapted for film by screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell (Possession, Planespotting). Included in the supporting cast are actors Daniel Bruhl (The Bourne Ultimatum, Inglorious Bastards), Katie Holmes (Phone Booth, Batman Begins), Tatiana Maslany (Eastern Promises, Heartland), Max Irons (Being Julia, Red Riding Hood), and Jonathan Pryce (Tomorrow Never Dies, Pirates of the Caribbean). The announcement for the film came around the same time as The Monuments Men was released in theaters in February 2014, so I’m sure there will be comparisons made between the two, but definitely give it a chance nonetheless.
George Clooney and Matt Damon’s latest project, The Monuments Men, which hit theaters back in February, followed a group of soldiers during WW2 that were commissioned to steal priceless works of art to protect them from Hitler and the Nazi regime. The film received mixed reviews but it was interesting to see Clooney and Damon on the other side of a heist movie since their work together in the Ocean’s 11 trilogy. Now Ryan Reynolds (Safe House, Green Lantern) will be joining Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock) and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network) in a new film that revolves around an extremely similar plot as Monuments Men. Unlike Monuments Men, however, this new project, entitled Woman In Gold (or The Golden Lady), will be a bit more on the legal side, as it follows Maria Altmann and attorney Randol Schoenberg in a courtroom battle to recover stolen art works from Altmann’s family from Nazi Germany. Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will be directing the project, which will be released by The Weinstein Company and will also costar Daniel Bruhl as Reynold’s opposing attorney. I’m not really sure what the obsession is with WW2 art all of a sudden, but if it makes a good movie then what the hell right? Stay tuned.