Sunday, October 19, 2008

CAST WHO?: Amy Adams seeks an Irish mate

Amy Adams (Enchanted) will play the lead in the romantic comedy Leap Year, about "an uptight woman who travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on leap day, February 29th, following an Irish tradition in which women propose to men on that day and the man has to say yes. When weather derails her trip, she enlists the help of a surly Irish innkeeper to make an unexpected cross-country trek to pull off the perfect proposal in time."

First off, that tradition actually exists. Secondly, everyone knows that the key to a rom-com is chemistry (i.e. a hot romantic lead). So the most important component of this film has yet to be cast. If we're looking for authenticity, then let us peruse the roster of Irish actors roaming through Hollywood. Wow! There are slim pickings:

1. Colin Farrell: Let's see, when was the last time we've seen the formerly drunken bloke in a rom-com? Heck, when was the last time we've seen him? Next!
2. Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Even though he did a great job at being romantic in August Rush and Bend it like Beckham, there's absolutely nothing funny about this "Tudors" star.
3. Cillian Murphy: While he was adorable in the small indie Watching the Detectives, he's played the creep-card one too many times (Red Eye and The Dark Knight) for anyone to want to watch him fall in love.
4. Glen Hansard: He scored an Oscar for composing a romantic song for the indie Once, which he starred in, but he might be too unknown to play a lead in a big budget movie.
5. Jason O'Mara: He's a tad old (36) for her, but with a new series, "Life on Mars," on ABC and notable appearances in "The Closer" and "Grey's Anatomy," he has at least a shot of playing the guy she's pursuing, while some other cute bloke could play the guy who goes on the road with her--and who will most likely steal her away.
6. Stuart Townsend: He seems more interested in directing than playing a love interest, which leaves us with these few unknowns:

A.J. Buckley (left), the former "CSI: NY" regular looks harmless enough to sweep Adams off her feet, and newcomer Karl Geary (right) could be just what Adams is looking for.

Who's your pick?

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