Peter Morgan probably won't win best screenplay at the Academy Awards on Sunday for his screenplay for The Queen, BUT his films have certainly garnered some critical attention this year.
Peter Morgan scripted two very different films this year, The Queen and The Last King of Scotland.
What's interesting to me is that this years two lead acting winners of this years film season are clearly Helen Mirren and Forrest Whitaker, both in films penned by Peter Morgan.
So, it seems worth while to pay attention not just to Peter Morgan's upcoming projects, but also the actors in these films who could garner attention.
In 2007 Peter Morgan's next script will hit the screen with his adaptation of Philippa Gregory's novel The Other Boleyn Girl. The Other Boleyn girl takes place in the 1500s with young Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johannson) being swept away as King Henry VIII's mistress. And although Mary is the mother of the King's daughter, outwardly Mary's coniving sister Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) steals all of Mary's potential glory.
I imagine than center stage actresses Portman and Johannson will be noticed for their work in this film, especially if 2007 is as weak for actresses as 2006 was, but I have to wonder if even more so Eric Bana will get a huge amount of buzz for his role as King Henry VIII.
Although Bana's roles recently have been in period/fantasy films (Troy, Munich, The Hulk), with the pen of Peter Morgan, you have to wonder if Bana might really be able to attract some attention.
Additionally, it's hard to tell who has the best chance of taking the most credit between Portman and Johannson. It seems to me that the Portman character is far more cunning and interesting. While both actresses have appeared in critical darlings in recent years, Portman's Oscar nod in 2005 for Closer gives her an early push, as well as an intense film schedule with a variety of projects at hand (Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, My Blueberry Nights, and the Darjeeling Limited).
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