*Cameron Diaz had to dub her lines in the Ridley Scott film “The Counselor” after shooting wrapped because Fox executives felt her Barbadian character’s accent sounded too much like Rihanna’s.
The revelation comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which also notes that the actress was less than pleased with the studio’s demand. Either way, it didn’t help much. Even post-dub, the Village Voice’s Sam Weisberg says Diaz “trips over her character’s Barbadian accent,” while the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips calls her delivery “leaden.”
(To her credit, not all critics were Diaz haters. Variety’s Peter Debruge said she’s “by far the most committed” in the movie, and the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis labels the performance “scary and freaky” — presumably a compliment for a femme fatale character like Diaz’s Malkina.)
The Cormac McCarthy-penned script notes that Malkina is Argentinian, yet the movie changed her roots to Barbados.
The project is in development at Sony and is being produced by Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.
According to Deadline, the script has been in Smith’s sights for some time and has gone under the working title of “The Redemption of Cain.”
Deadline has confirmed that it’s now being developed as directing vehicle for Smith, who’ll likely star in the movie as well.
“Cain” isn’t the only biblical project on the horizon in Hollywood. Director Darren Aronofsky starts production with Russell Crowe on “Noah,” and both Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott have “Moses” projects in development.
*Following the release of several teasers, the official one-minute trailer of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure “Prometheus,” featuring Idris Elba, has debuted online.
The 20th Century Fox trailer opens with radio chatter that ends with a woman’s voice saying, “I was so wrong. I’m so sorry.”
That’s the only dialogue spoken in the preview, which is filled with quick cuts of space crafts, planetary landscapes, all-terrain vehicles, the interior of either a space craft or a space station and star Charlize Theron running for her life.
The tagline shown in the trailer reads: “They went looking for our beginning, what they found could be our end.”
Prometheus, in theaters on June 8, 2012, also stars Micheal Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce. Watch the trailer below.
Actor Idris Elba arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on Feb. 27, 2011 in West Hollywood
*Idris Elba will join Sean Harris and Kate Dickie in the cast of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic “Prometheus,” according to the director himself via The Daily Mail.
Scott also confirmed the previously announced casting of Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender and revealed that the actors, who’ve all signed secrecy clauses, were only allowed to read the script at Ridley’s production office.
Asked about the plot, Scott says “It’s the story of creation, the gods and the man who stood against them. It’s not a small film.”
Shooting begins in three weeks across seven soundstages at Pinewood Studios in Toronto.