Growing up, Cameron Crowe’s middle films were some of the first movies I remember falling in love with. Almost Famous, Jerry McGuire, and even Vanilla Sky have always held a remarkably fond place in my heart as wonderfully told narratives that showed me how cinema could really reach down deep and make me feel. But in recent years, I’ve found myself less than thrilled with his work—Elizabethtown and We Bought a Zoo begging the question: has this director whom I once adored so much lost the magic that fueled him from the start? But no, I’m hopeful.
And now, Deadline reports that the untitled project he is currently prepping with Sony Pictutes—slated to star Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone—has now attached Rachel McAdams to the leading cast. It’s a timely announcement as Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder twirls its way into theatres tomorrow, with McAdams in a brief but memorable role alongside Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko. Personally, the scenes with her character in Malick’s meditation on divine love and foregiveness, were my favorite, holding the most wright of any of the moments shared between characters.
But anyhow, in Crowe’s upcoming film, McAdams looks to play a former love of Cooper’s character and although plot details have yet to be revealed, Deadline goes on to report that the film is "funny and romantic, with a tone similar to past Crowe films Jerry McGuire and Almost Famous." Well good, that’s all I can hope for and will certainly be keeping a close eye on this one.
In the meantime, let’s just read Roger Ebert’s review of Almost Famous, which begins with the wonderful line: Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.