By Katey Rich
I'm not sure how the news of this one has passed me by in the last few days, but Hilary Swank is set to star as Amelia Earhart in a biopic about the aviator. Not only that, but Obsessed With FIlm reports that Philip Noyce has signed on to direct the script by Ron Bass (yes, it has a finished script, which means it will be a pre-strike shoot.)
Here's the crazy part. When Josh at Cinema Blend ran these two photos next to each other, I honestly thought it could be Hilary's face photoshopped onto Earhart. Am I delusional? Is this an eerie similarity?
Hilary Swank seems to have cornered the market on the tough girl roles-- Charlize Theron is probably her closest competition. The project makes perfect sense for her, and it's really only surprising that no one has done an Earhart biopic earlier. OK, OK, there was a TV movie in 1976, and another one in 1994 starring Diane Keaton, but this would clearly have a higher profile than anything that's come before. It's exciting to see the biopic trend extend to women finally, especially since, even when there are remarkable women in history to make movies about, no one bothers. No word on whether Warner Bros. is making this, but hopefully the Earhart project will be successful enough to make Jeff Robinov truly eat his words (again).