by Malinda Lo
Even before the first Nancy Drew movie hits theaters (it’s scheduled to be released on June 15), Warner Bros. has announced that it will produce a sequel also starring 16-year-old Emma Roberts (yes, Julia Roberts’ niece). Here’s a very cute pic of her as Nancy from the first movie:
Producer Jerry Weintraub told Variety that Nancy’s “not a hip kid. She’s right out of a Norman Rockwell painting.” After watching the trailer, I can sort of see what Weintraub is talking about. They’ve taken a girl originally created in the 1930s, given her 1950s-era fashion, and transplanted her in 2007 Los Angeles. Yeah, that would not seem to be entirely “hip,” but I think that Weintraub and crew have overlooked something.
Nancy was never “hip,” but she was always fashionable (OK, at the country club). I’ve read a lot of Nancy Drew mysteries (at one point in my childhood my grandmother started calling me Nancy because, well, I read so many of them — yes, I was that dorky!), and I recall very clearly that Nancy always wore quite fashionable dresses. She was always being complimented for her looks (“titian-haired sleuth,” anyone?) and her style. No, she was never “edgy” (though I don’t think they had that in the 1930s and ’40s), but she was hip to the time she was in. So this whole old-fashioned thing seems a little wrong to me. Maybe even just a way to get some cheap laughs with anachronistic outfits.
Anyway, I digress. I know what you all are most interested in: Who’s playing Bess and George, for cryin’ out loud? Well, Bess will be played by 16-year-old Amy Bruckner (the Disney Channel’s Phil of the Future), and George will be played by 16-year-old Kay Panabaker (Lindsey Willows from CSI). Here’s Bruckner on the left and Panabaker on the right:
Panabaker looks nothing like George (who, if I recall correctly, had short, curly dark hair), but maybe they’ll put a wig on her? Somehow I’m doubtful.