Just a few days after that, word came that Sandra Bullock was in talks for the female lead, the role of Eastwood’s daughter in the film. The Playlist now report that Bullock has decided to pass on the part, and now two more brilliant actresses are being eyed for the role in the form of Amy Adams (The Fighter) and Reese Witherspoon (Water for Elephants).
The script has been penned by relative newcomer Randy Brown, and will see the directorial debut of Eastwood’s long-time friend and producing partner, Robert Lorenz, focusing on Eastwood as,
“an aging baseball scout, who’s losing his sight, and heads on a last road trip to Atlanta with his daughter to scout a hotshot prospect.”
Both Adams and Witherspoon are fantastic actresses in my book, and I think both would do a brilliant job in the role. The exact nature of their potential involvement isn’t yet clear, so it’s not certain whether they’re on a wish list or if they’ve been approached as Bullock was. I’m personally hoping for the former, simply because I love what I’ve seen of Adams to date, and really want to see more.
I thought Witherspoon’s performance in Water for Elephants this year was pretty excellent, and Adams’ performance in The Fighter earned her a much-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Witherspoon will next be seen in McG’s This Means War (which we got a trailer for last month), due out on 17th February next year, and Adams will next be on the big screen in The Muppets, due a week earlier on 10th February, both of which should do really well.
Of the two, Adams’ schedule is looking a little lighter, currently working on Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated Man of Steel, with nothing concrete lined up to follow it, whilst Witherspoon is at work on Jeff Nichols’ Mud with her Disney film Wish List set to follow. Whoever the female lead goes to, whether it is Adams, Witherspoon, or another actress entirely, this is certainly a film to keep your eye on. The premise is great, and I can’t wait to hear more about it.