If a Hollywood producer came knocking on my door with an offer to turn Darcy By Any Other Name into a movie and told me that I could call all the shots…
How about this for the short list?
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Mr. Darcy: Chris Pine
Mr. Collins: Jack Black
Elizabeth Bennet: Kate Beckinsale
The tricky part is casting the two male leads, because each would have a dual role. Collins as himself is a pompous toad, but as Darcy he is funny and charming. Enter Jack Black.
Darcy is serious eye candy until Collins inhabits his body, and then he becomes a champion lip-curling pouter. Before our eyes Chris Pine (Robin Helm’s favorite) would have to become a peevish sniveler. I’m liking it.
Kate Beckinsale, who I’ve enjoyed since Much Ado About Nothing, has the chops to play Elizabeth. And I’m thinking Kenneth Branagh could catch the vision for the book’s humor, humanity, and romance.
If Hollywood ever does comes calling, won’t that be a lark? For now, it’s an idea to smile about. You know, stuff and nonsense for a Monday…