Janssen joins cast of “The Wackness”


The wacky puns are too easy for this one; Dutch model-turned-actor Famke Janssen has joined a very motley crew — including Method Man, Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olsen — on the New York City set of indie The Wackness.

The film is about a teenage dealer (Peck) who falls for the daughter of his drug-using psychiatrist (Kingsley), and takes place during 1994, “the greatest year in hip-hop.” According to a Q&A posted on Famke-Janssen.org, the AfterEllen.com Hottie No. 51 is set to play Kingsley’s wife.

I certainly liked Janssen as part of a less motley, more superhuman crew (as did Malinda, who ranked Phoenix as her No. 3 female villain) —

— and I can’t complain about her role as one of the Eulogy crowd (not only because of the lesbian factor, I swear), but this news got me wondering when the talented and supergorgeous Janssen will get to be on her own again. Her current picture is ensemble comedy The Ten, and the last movie in which she was one of only two headliners, The Treatment, had only a limited release.

Thankfully, the same Q&A mentions several starring roles, including one as a pool shark trying to make enough money to flee her child-abusing ex-husband. A story with potential depth and Janssen as a pool shark? Sign me up.

Until then, I’m actually curious to see how The Wackness turns out. If nothing else, it’ll have Janssen and — presumably — a fabulous soundtrack.

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