Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Entertainment Weekly- "Eric Bana to Star in 'Time Traveler's Wife'"

Eric Bana has signed on to star in New Line's adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's best-selling novel The Time Traveler's Wife to be directed by Robert Schwentke (Flightplan). Bana will star as Henry De Tamble, a librarian at Chicago's Newberry Library who is afflicted with a gene that causes him to travel through time involuntarily, putting a strain on a longtime romance with his true love Clare. It is not yet clear who will play Clare, though Rachel McAdams has been long rumored to star. Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce. Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost) is rewriting the script.

Time Traveler has been in development with New Line since the studio acquired the project in 2003, before the book became a best-seller. Coincidentally, Bana's latest project is being announced just one day after Marvel Studios confirmed that Edward Norton will play the Hulk, the character Bana portrayed in the disappointing 2003 Ang Lee film. Bana will next appear in Curtis Hanson's Lucky You opposite Drew Barrymore. He also recently completed filming on another adaptation of a best-selling novel, The Other Boleyn Girl, for Columbia Pictures.

Time Traveler's Wife is my favourite book of all time. And I have given who should play Henry in the film a fair bit of thought...not sure how I feel about Eric Bana. Any thoughts for those of you who have read it? I feel like he's not...skinny enough? wiry enough? Henry is supposed to be the kind of guy who lives by his wits and his ability to run. But we'll see. I do like the idea of Rachel McAdams that's been floating around for a long time (and not just because she's Canadian.)