Morning Brew – Wednesday, July 21: Kate Moennig joins “Dexter,” another lesbian vampire movie



Good news: Kate Moennig is moving on from Three Rivers and making her way back to Showtime. She’ll play a tattoo artist on at least one episode of Dexter.

You know how on Austin Powers, Dr. Evil keeps prodding his son to say he wants to be an “evil” anything? Like a scientist becomes “evil scientist”? Well that’s how I like to be with Kate Moennig when she plays anything. I hear “tattoo artist” and I say “a lesbian tattoo artist?”

Hopefully we’ll find out more from the Comic Con Panel tomorrow or at the upfront at TCA next week.

Scratch what you know about the casting of the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Apparently director David Fincher has narrowed it down to five actresses and none of them are the big names we were thinking of. IndieWire reports that Emily Browning, Sophie Lowe, Sarah Snook, Rooney Mara and an unnamed French actress are the finalists vying for the role of bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander. Says DigitalSpy, “Fincher has reportedly told the five actresses to work on their Swedish accents, suggesting that Salander and the story’s location won’t be Americanised.”

Says Sony Pictures Entertainment co-Chairman Amy Pascal:

We are going to do a global search on her. Every actress in the world wants it. It’s the greatest character for a girl since I-don’t-know-what.

They better move fast! The movie already has a premiere date of Dec. 21, 2010.

Did you know being a lesbian was a burden? The Independent profiled out Aussie vocalist Deborah Cheetham and writes that she “suffered from lesbianism.” But don’t worry — she’s OK now, and still gay.

Lesbian filmmaker/writer Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park, Grey Gardens) is going to be working on a new movie with Ellen Page which she discussed with PopMatters.

The film with Ellen Page is a children’s film, but “children’s” in the way that a lot of these high budget animation films are, like Alice in Wonderland, where everyone goes to see it. One character in it is a dragon, but I’m thinking of having the dragon look like Bill Clinton, in 3D, and constantly shifting. That’s the new part, to create an animated character full of emotion, to be able to feel its emotions.

A lesbian children’s film?

Gay lady fronted band The XX has been nominated for the Mercury Prize. They’ve got some stiff competition, but I’m pulling for them. The winner will be announced in September.

Are you ready for a new vampire film? A lesbian vampire film? I think you’ll like it.

Wir Sind die Nacht (We Are the Night) opens in Germany in October and I’m hoping it will make it’s way to the U.S. Here’s the plot description:

One night, 18-year-old Lena is bitten by Louise, leader of a female vampire trio that are as deadly as they are beautiful. Her newfound vampiric lifestyle is a blessing and a curse at the same time. At first, she enjoys the limitless freedom,the luxury, the parties. But soon the murderous blood lust of her comrades in arms proves too much for her, and she falls dangerously in love with Tom, a young undercover cop. When she resolves to turn her back on the bloodsucking band of sisters, Louise fury knows no bounds. Lena will have to choose between immortal love and immortal life.

I don’t like the sound of this Tom. He sounds so Mark Ruffalo-y.

And while we’re on the topic of vamps, here’s your first look at Mia Kirshner as Lilith in 30 Days of Night: Dark Days.

She appears to be contemplating dancing on the ceiling.

Have a great day!