Julia Stiles signs up to be stalked

When is Julia Stiles finally
going to become a superstar?

I mean, the woman is gorgeous,
smart and talented. And when she speaks, that low, sexy voice makes
me wish she were speaking to me. Saying things I would never repeat
in polite company.

I first noticed Stiles in Mona Lisa Smile, in which she played Joan, the bright
pre-law student who believed she could have either a family or a career,
not both. (Stiles shared her take on the
movie
in an article
for The Guardian.)

The film should have been better
than it was, but, as a sucker for sap, I enjoyed it. More importantly,
I got what I thought was a glimpse of greatness in Stiles’ performance.

Being a good fan, I went to
see her next movie, The Prince & Me, the weekend it opened — two hours of my life I can never get back. Julia, Julia — what were
you thinking?

Whatever possessed her to do
Prince
was still at work several years later when she did The
Omen
. The fact that this remake was released at all proves that
"the
curse of The Omen
"

is true.

I had a spark of hope when
I read Dorothy Snarker’s
blog
earlier this
year about Stiles’ directorial debut, Raving, with Zooey Deschanel,
but if it’s been released, it hasn’t been to my neck of the woods.

If Stiles has the chops to
succeed, we’ll see her brilliance in The Bell Jar. And now comes word of another promising
project, as Stiles has signed to star in Cry of the Owl as a woman
who falls in love with her stalker. A French adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel
was mediocre at best, so perhaps this will be a rare instance of a remake
that improves on the original. And perhaps this will be the breakthrough
role that brings Stiles the recognition I still think she deserves.

Do you acknowledge the greatness
of Julia Stiles? What role are you looking forward to? Has anyone seen
Raving
? Can Stiles overcome bad film choices with a breakthrough
performance? And will you ever forgive her for The Prince & Me?

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