Now that Demi Moore is taking time off to attend her ‘health problems’ after winding up in the hospital for smoking incense (???), the Lovelace biopic is wasting no time to fill her spot. Sarah Jessica Parker will be replacing the former Mrs. Kutcher as feminist icon Gloria Steinem. What? Will she be able to pull it off?
Odd casting choice, brilliant career move, both? Parker went from being pigeon-holed as the bubbly friend in ‘80’s flicks like Footloose and Girls Just Want to Have Fun to the bubbly lead character with a financially un-savvy shoe addiction in Sex and the City. Since then she’s been unable-despite a recent romcom about handling motherhood and career called I Don’t Know How She Does It-to break out of that role. It’s going to take some serious acting skills to make audiences see past Carrie Bradshaw to view a woman capable of starting an intellectual revolution.
What is going to make this even more difficult? Chris Noth, Mr. Big himself, is also in the film. Even if viewers make it past a pink, diamond encrusted and pun-filled mental block chances are Noth could trigger those SATC images even if they don’t share screen time.
We’ll see. This could give Parker’s career a more serious arc or it could just start a clothing trend of bell bottoms and over-sized glasses. Rounding out the cast are Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, a recently cast Chloe Sevigny, Bobby Cannavale, Adam Brody, James Franco, Wes Bentley, and Juno Temple.