Ask (June 2, 2009)


Question: My favorite person in the whole cast of 3Way was Maile Flanagan. She was so crazy and funny! What is she doing next?

― Robin E.

Answer: Funny you should ask about Maile Flanagan, as I just went to see her in the hilarious play, Voice Lessons, in Hollywood, starring Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne) and French Stewart (3rd Rock From the Sun).

One of the fun things about going to see theatre in Los Angeles is having a celebrity sighting in the audience with you. The row directly behind me was filled with Metcalf’s former Roseanne castmate Johnny Galecki and other members of his new show, The Big Bang Theory. (Also there was John Mahoney, my favorite of the Frasier crew.) If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to catch the show, it runs through the end of June.

Maile Flanagan

Anyway, I caught up with Flanagan, and here’s what she told me:

In July, you can spot me in the feature film 500 Days of Summer, starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Also in July, you can hear me in the animated film Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. I just recorded a voice for a new feature with Johnny Depp called Rango, which will be out in…oh, two years or so.

I’ve been plugging away on my cartoon Naruto (just finished my 275th episode, 20th video game) where I play the title role, and voicing a recurring role on Back At the Barnyard at Nickelodeon. I have some great possibilities coming up, so keep your fingers crossed and if you didn’t catch Yes Man in theaters (also with Zooey Deschanel, and no, I’m not stalking her), it’s recently out on DVD, so rent it and you’ll spot me!

And they said that James Brown was the hardest working individual in show business! (Okay, I know they said "man" but that old phrase really needed to be modernized.)

Question: I was wondering what the status is on The Runaways movie. Are they still holding auditions, and when are they going to start filming?

Priscilla W., Austin, TX

The Runaways strike a thoughtful pose
(clockwise from left: Joan Jett, Jackie Fox, Lita Ford,
Cherie Currie, Sandy West, )

Answer: They’ve got a pretty tight lid on The Runaways, because not much new information is available at this time. Back in 2007, it was announced that the film would be made, and according to the film is still in pre-production. They’ve listed late spring 2009 as the production start date, but since the first day of summer is officially June 21 this year, they don’t have much time left to hit that deadline.

So far, the only casting news we’ve heard is that Kristen Stewart (Twilight) will play Joan Jett and that Stewart’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon co-star Dakota Fanning will play lead singer Cherie Currie. No word yet on who might play the other members of the band, so perhaps they are still casting. Stella Maeve (Gossip Girl) is rumored to be playing the role of the late Sandy West, but no word yet on who will slap into the sizeable platforms worn by guitarist Lita Ford.

For what it’s worth, I’d suggest Lauren Conrad (The Hills) for the role of Lita Ford, for absolutely no other reason than the fact that she looks a little like Ford in her youth. If we’re relying on acting ability, however, then I’ll go back to the drawing board. Plus, Ford would probably kick my ass for that casting pick anyway.

The film will be written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, who’s directed a slew of music videos, including Marilyn Manson‘s "The Beautiful People."

The good news is that Jett is one of the producers, which means that we’ll be getting the real story or at least Jett’s version of it. They’re shooting for a 2010 release, and I’ll keep you posted as more information is made available.

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