Angelina Jolie Is Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta

April 22, 2009 09:03:22 GMT

Fox 2000 are acquiring screen rights to author Patricia Cornwell's best-selling book series on medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta and will develop it as a vehicle for Angelina Jolie.

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While she is still involved in the production of "Salt", Angelina Jolie has already got a new starring project on her sleeves. Variety reports that the 33-year-old has signed on to portray beautiful and hard-charging medical examiner named Dr. Kay Scarpetta for a forthcoming movie by Twentieth Century Fox and its Fox 2000 division, "Untitled Kay Scarpetta Project".

Words about Jolie's casting in the yet-to-be-titled feature project come out after Fox 2000 acquire screen rights to author Patricia Cornwell's bestselling book series on the medical examiner. In the meantime, the Academy Award-winning actress is said to be joining the studio and producers in meeting with potential writers.

This "Untitled Kay Scarpetta Project" will be produced by Mark Gordon and Geyer Kosinski with Bryan Zuriff serving as executive producer. The movie which will be made in the vein of "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Seven" will be based on Patricia Cornwell's bestselling Scarpetta series of books, but it will not be focused on any one specific novel. It is yet to have either a screenwriter or a director.


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posted by Ezechiele on Feb 03, 2012
Angelina Jolie non può assolutamente interpretare Kay!!! Al massimo Lucy, con i capelli ramati!!!
posted by PNK on Jan 22, 2011
Here are my cast choices: Jodie Foster as Kay, Angelina as Lucy, John Travolta as Marino, Richard Gere as Benton. Perfection!
posted by Piki36 on Jan 02, 2011
Angelina Jolie is a mistake, and the producers will realise it soon enough. Jolie's everywhere, and I get sick of seeing her in every second movie. Good for her that she is in such high demand, but for the role of Kay Scarpetta, sexiness is not the point, doesn't matter that she'll be starting her career in the movie. Jolie won't even be good for the roles of Lucy or Berger. I'm always hoping that they'll change their minds and cast Jodie Foster.
posted by frankeeafro on Dec 09, 2010
Kay - Michelle Pfeiffer Lucy - Leah Remini Jaime Berger - Bridget Moyhanan Pete Marino - Mike Starr Benton Wesley - Hugh Jackman
posted by roy on Dec 03, 2010
her lips are very sexy
posted by jack on Dec 03, 2010
she is very sexy
posted by visiting on Nov 02, 2010
Jolie is absolutely not right for Kay to facebook and join the fight to BOYCOTT ANGELINA JOLIE AS SCARPETTA!!!
posted by natalie on Oct 11, 2010
If Jolie plays .. I will not be seeing it in the movies .. maybe Netflix .. more likely .. will wait for TV. I've seen Jolie in serious dramas .. but she so SO NOT right for Scarpetta. Ms. Cornwall may like her .. but Cornwalls true fans will never accept her.
posted by laracroft on Aug 29, 2010
Regardless of your preconcieved notion of who plays the role of Kay, the studio usually goes with the most bankable star. Jolie is a major drawcard!
posted by Almichaels on Jul 15, 2010
Every Scarpetta book talks about how goodlooking Dr Scarpetta is. Think how atractive she is to Benton and Marino. Jolie will be about 36 when the movie comes out which is about the age Scarpetta is when the series started. These movies need someone young because they will have a new one every 2-3 yrs.Cornwell has about 17-19 books and this series will run for years like James Bond ot Star Trek. If they downplay her looks a little she will be perfect for the part. Just like Scarpetta she is strongwilled intelligent and a compassionate person.Jolie being one of the best actors I have every seen can make this character both sizzle and be loved. There is no better choice for this role. At first i thought she would be better suited for the part of Lucy, if they couls of gotten Angelina as a teenager. Now I realise that would not of worked because Jolie would of totally stolen the show playin the totally juicy role of Lucy. Today Angelina Jolie is perfect for the part of Dr Kay Scarpetta as both are sophisticated, intelligent and forceful personalities.I can't wait for the first movie to come out!
posted by Boon on Jun 29, 2010
Angelina Jolie could not be a worse pick for this role. I can't imagine what they were thinking. I hope that deal goes sour and they see the error of their ways. Jodie Foster would be PERFECT. Along with James Gandolfini as Marino, and either Jessica Biel or Jorja Fox as Lucy. Also, while I get not doing ALL of the books separately, I think they should NOT try to make ONE movie...they should pick up in like the 4th or 5th book and go from there...maybe skip some, and do a series of movies.
posted by Remington1 on Mar 05, 2010
I agree with my fellow Cornwell readers in the fact that Angelina Jolie is completely wrong for the part!! She is way too young to play the part. You need to find someone more mature in age and sophisticated. Someone that fits Scarpetta's personality. Please find someone else before it is too late.
posted by scarpettafan on Mar 01, 2010
angelina is better suited to play lucy, kay's lesbian niece
posted by EMEN on Feb 25, 2010
What you all forget is that there are even more people who have not read the books and will just watch the films with completely open minds. They are FAB stories lets not forget.
posted by lilacaross on Feb 25, 2010
This is SO wrong! HORRIBLE! Those books were my Gods when I was 14. This is just wrong. Kay is older, sophisticated, believable, smart! Not a hollywood chick whose only believable role was Gia! I'm outraged and sooo disappointed. This has crushed my 14 year old spirit.
posted by Noblees on Feb 24, 2010
First, let me tell you that as many of you, I also don't like Jolie as Scarpetta. to me, scarpetta will always be amanda burton from "silent witness", dont know how many of you know about that bbc show but check it out. oh, and amanda burton was also a phorensic/pathologist in that show. she would have to loose some weight today but she would still rock as kay. be sure to check the show out guys, you'll love it!
posted by locojules on Feb 23, 2010
I am an adamant reader of the scarpetta series and have to say that I was taken aback when I first read about Jolie playing Kay Scarpetta. I do not think she is appropriate for the part. What were they thinking??
posted by snakes on Feb 10, 2010
I agree with everyone else, Jolie is wrong for the part. I think Emily Procter would be a good match.
posted by wyldtxn on Feb 04, 2010
Wow, I love this debate. I am having trouble picuting Jolie in the role but Jody Foster doesn't really work for me either. Someone from another site mentioned Michelle Pfeiffer as a good choice. That was kind of a surprise but I think she could really pull it off. I want Gere as Benton and I like Jorje Fox as Lucy very much..but it depends on how old Lucy is going to be in the movie..remember she was introduced to us in her early teens. Franz is a good choice for Marino but he may be too old..
posted by Halika333 on Jan 21, 2010
First of all, I definitely disagree with EVERYONE that thinks Angelina Jolie will not suffice as Kay Scarpetta. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Scarpetta is Angelina Jolie. So once again I just think you guys are just tired of seeing her dominate the movie industry. Buttt get over it and get a life!
posted by Maria G on Jan 11, 2010
Pleaaassseeee NO! Angelina Jolie is not Kay Scarpetta by any stretch of the imagination, use of make up, or change in hair colour. She just does not work as Kay Scarpetta. I dont remember the exact words, but it goes something along the lines that Kay is a fine featured blonde. Angelina is beautiful but NOT fine featured, her nose is big blob! She does not have the sophistication and understated sex appeal I visualise when reading about Kay. Ashley Judd or Sharon Stone are good examples of a fine featured face!
posted by sbutter on Jan 01, 2010
I think Jolie is too young for Kay and too old for Lucy. I agree someone with a less sexy appeal would better suit. I could see her as Jaime Berger, maybe. Hillary Swank as Lucy (maybe too tall)? Diane Lane as Kay is good, or maybe Laura Linney? Michael Chiklis as Marino?
posted by Lindart on Dec 02, 2009
I saw both Dennis Franz and Jodie Foster in Century City at the market and shopping fairly recently. He could be Marino, but someone rounder less sharp might be better. And Foster is short and slender and that doesn't seem to fit the Kay role. If the movie is well written and directed the actors will become the parts. I, too, have read all her novels, and I think, unfortunately, they have deteriorated and become absurd.
posted by Lisa on Nov 27, 2009
I do not dislike Jolie but I must agree she is not good for the role. Laura Linney and yes even Jodie Foster would do well is this role. I think Evan Rachel Wood would make a great Lucy and Dennis Franz is a perfect Maroni. Richard Gere is a natural for Benton
posted by DhanaJ on Nov 07, 2009
I have been reading Patricia Cornwell novels for YEARS, and, since I cast all books I read, imagined the characters to be played by these actors: Kay- Cheryl Ladd Marino- Dennis Franz Lucy- Alicia Witt Wesley- James Brolin True, some of these actors have aged since I first cast them, but try as I may I can't see Angelina as a Kay Scarpetta, for all the reasons named. I LOVE AJ and all of her accomplishments, which were successful because she was properly cast. I don't think it would be a flop, but it could possibly be "lukewarm", which would be a real let down for fans who have waited so long for this.
posted by jade on Oct 24, 2009
don't wreck my image of who kay scarpetta is, jolie is all wrong, i think sharon stone would be a better suit for the role and pierce brosnan for benton, jolie would be better suited for lucy,but please not scarpetta, i propably wouldn't waste my money to see that
posted by annieoakley on Oct 13, 2009
I am shocked! being an avid reader of the scarpetta books I cannot visualise Angelina in the role as Kay Scarpetta. I would much rather see Diane Lane in the part. In angelina;s defence she is a superb actress, could she be lucy?
posted by Jeff on Oct 08, 2009
Just like the other folks, I have read all the books and love them. When I saw Jolie as Scarpetta, I thought you must be thinking of someone other than Scarpetta. Get someone that fits. Kay Scarpetta has class, not Jolie!!!
posted by Steve E on Oct 08, 2009
I suppose doing a "Bourne Identity" to these books will find a different audience. I watched the films first, then read the book and loved them being totally different! So I am looking forward to the film, whoever plays the lead. AJ could be distracting or make it a big hit.
posted by Karen on Sep 24, 2009
Angelina Jolie is totally wrong. Yes I agree that Jodie Foster would be good and Dennis Franz as Marino would be perfect!!
posted by Hot Coco on Sep 17, 2009
I think Angelina jolie would be really good considering her good looks and tough image. Look at her in Wanted i think she did a great job. As for the blonde look i think Uma thurman would be good she was good in Kill Bill.
posted by alohamjm on Sep 08, 2009
kay scarpetta should be played by jodie foster,marino is james gandolfini,richard gere is benton and lucy should be rachel jolie but she is not scarpetta.
posted by Marz on Aug 24, 2009
Its seems pretty one sides here NO ANGELINA. I completely agree. The person that mentioned Hellen Mirren and Sarandon are too old to play Scarpetta. Gandolfini would be a good Marino but would have to gain about 40 pounds, I like the idea of Dennis Franz better. I think someone tougher than Richard gere should play Benton though, remeber he was in the FBI, and faked his death and all. Casting Kay is tough. Jodie Foster is to butch and too short, we need someone with class and humility. What about McAdams as Lucy?
posted by tristan\'s mom on Aug 08, 2009
I really enjoy all of the Scarpetta books and have read them over and over. When it comes to making a movie, they SHOULD focus on one book at a time. Mostly females read her books, and I personally am not into the way seven was filmed. Additionally, I agree with everyone else, NO ANGELINA JOLIE! She does not represent the visual picture of Kay Scarpetta that is painted in the books. What's next? Brad Pitt as Marino? Please, cast people that are visually in-line with the characters and do one book at a time.
posted by ggs on Jul 26, 2009
Jolie is unbelievable as Scarpetta. Jodi Foster....Perfect! I always see NYPD's Dennis Franz as Morino have all the books and read them all..and we are all getting old waiting for the movie...actresses included
posted by netitebaby102 on Jul 03, 2009
I have read all of PC's books, the Scarpetta ones being my favorites. ANgelina has the toughness that Kay possesses but that is it. She seems like everything that Kay isn't. She is not a blond hair blue-eyed Italian. I have a completely different vision of her physically. I'm interested to see how this is going to work out.
posted by mythinking on Jul 02, 2009
It would seem that the only one to play Patricia Cornwell is herself! The novels are all about herself (Lucy is her lesbianism) and she obviously thinks she is beautiful and the most intelligent person on the planet and doesn't mind idiots like annoying and pitiful Marino whom should have been killed off early on to spare the reader. I stopped reading by mid "The Last Precinct" because of Dr. Ego and Marino, and psycho dribble. Jolie is all wrong for this part, but I'm already so disappointed that the series became boring, annoying,and transparently egotistical.
posted by EK on Jun 21, 2009
Jolie would be the worst choice... Her looks, her style, her age... everything about her is so anti-Kay... The movie will be a complete disaster!
posted by cmonkey on May 29, 2009
I am not sure if Jolie would be too young - she is maturing and her adaptability factor is high. I like the idea of Sharon Stone or Laura Dern or even Julianne Moore. For Lucy, Jolie might be too old, as Lucy is in her 20's - Lucy is tough as nails and Jorja Fox would be a great idea as would Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel. I love the idea of Richard Gere as Benton, too. I am anxiously awaiting the casting and hope that Patricia Cornwell has some say in who plays who, after all, its her creation.
posted by Petrichor on May 27, 2009
I love the Scarpetta novels, and have read all of Cornwell's novels. Jolie is totally wrong. Jodie Foster would be great. Jorja Fox would be a fantastic Lucy.
posted by Karen on May 26, 2009
I have been reading the Scarpetta series for years. I agree, she is not the right actress to portray this character. I also agree that Jodi Foster will also be a good choice. As will James Gandolfini as Moreno. I can just picture him as this character. As, for Lucy, someone who is not so feminine. I hope that they do not ruin these characters in the book. Patricia Cornwell is such a talented writer, I'd hate to see damage done. I'd like to see a series of these done, like the Nora Roberts books. All I know is that I can really get into the book & visualize the characters & Angeline Joli is not the one of choice.
posted by Scarpetta Fan on May 06, 2009
I am a massive fan of the Scarpetta series and Angelina Jolie is not the right fit! She is too young-as someone else mentioned Kay is understated/mature-they have to have someone older!!! Jodie Foster would be magnificent in the role! Really no way can Angelina pull this one off!!!
posted by Libra on Apr 30, 2009
Jollie is too young too fragile looking. Sharon Stone would fit the part better. She projects strength, intelligence and is also an attractive blonde as is Scarpetta's description.
posted by Scott D on Apr 28, 2009
I have read all of the Scarpetta novels and Jolie is not the right actress. Don't know how anyone would think that she's a good fit. But, that's Hollywood for you. Dennis Franz would make a good Pete Marino, btw. I actually thought they would never bring the series to screen because of the flood of CSI programs.
posted by Pinkkitten70 on Apr 28, 2009
There really is only one choice for a Big Screen Kay Scarpetta and that is Miss Jodie Foster! The actress that Cornwall stated years ago is the only person she would consider to brind Scarpetta alive!
posted by Augful on Apr 27, 2009
I think Angelina Jolie is a very beautiful and talented actress. But she is absolutely NOT Scarpetta in any way, shape or form. This is a mistake!
posted by KSfan on Apr 25, 2009
she is so wrong for the role, I can't even put it in words. i have been waiting a VERY long time to finally get my favourite heroine to be portrayed in a movie but PC always rejected the scripts because of lack of greatness and now she going to let fox ruin it for jolie? i don't think so! at least i hope not!!! XOXO from germany!
posted by astray on Apr 24, 2009
Even if i'm a big Jolie's addicted i agree on the fact that she's far too young and not mature enough for playing KS... lucy could be a good hit for her... however let's see maybe she could surprised us all
posted by Big Red on Apr 24, 2009
How did this happen? There are several actresses who could play this role effectively like Helen Mirren, for example. Jolie--what on earth? She is not a qualified enough actress. Bad pick guys.
posted by kat60513 on Apr 24, 2009
I actually see the lady from the show Bones playing Kay, not Angelina.
posted by bjzena on Apr 23, 2009
angie will be awesome like she was in bone collector. People do not underestimate this actress she deserves respect for being an Oscar winner. I think alot of people are jealous of her, how petty.
posted by Debbie on Apr 23, 2009
I agree...Jolie is too young. Laura Linney or Susan Surandon would be better suited. James Gandolfini would be a great Marino and I like a James Brolin type for Benton. I've read every Scarpetta book and I know these characters. Jolie cannot/should not try to play this part.
posted by rangehound on Apr 23, 2009
Angelina is no Kay. Susan Sarandon is Kay. If Jolie has to be in this project she would be better suited as Scarpetta's niece. Better yet, keep her away. P. Cornwell, don't let Jolie ruin your good thing.
posted by jodij on Apr 23, 2009
Laura Linney would do well, maybe Kyra Sedgewick? But NOT Jolie!!!! PLEASE think about this!!!! Have the casting people REALLY thought this through?? Have they EVER read the books? I think not!!!
posted by emmysmom on Apr 23, 2009
i am an avid cornwell reader and i am also not sure if angie is the right choice...but i can say in her defense she has been able to adapt to any character set in front of her. i think james gandolfini would be a great marino, and i think benton seems kinda richard gere-esk...i think they should cast gloria stuart as rose, and i think maybe winona ryder would be a good lucy...i am inclined to agree with the others in saying maybe laura linney would be better suited for kay....
posted by Kay fan on Apr 22, 2009
There goes credibility. She's too young to be KS and totally wrong for the part anyway. Too one-faced.
posted by faby on Apr 22, 2009
She s too young i think they should get someone like julianne moore
posted by Kayla on Apr 22, 2009
I don't like that bitch. She is a home wrecker and she need to get her worthless piece of shit husband and her 4,000 kids and get and leave Jennifer anniston the fuck alone and get out of the Hollywood business and go away, because she know nobody like her or her movies. I don't like her attitude either.
posted by moxy on Apr 22, 2009
I've read all of the KS series (as of today) and think Jolie will be good in the role. I look forward to the movie(s).
posted by mummy me on Apr 22, 2009
Jolie does not have the maturity to pull off this role! Anyone who has read the series knows that Kay is humble, sexy but understated and not obsessed by her appearance. CHOOSE SOMEONE ELSE!
posted by AW on Apr 22, 2009
Jolie Rocks! She is the hottest thing in Hollywood, let alone the planet...
posted by Joy on Apr 22, 2009
Obviously we have a bunch of haters who have probably never even read Cornwell's books... If you know Cornwell, and her dynamic character, Jolie is actually a great fit for the role and will do it justice. As for the other facts and comments -- wow you need to get over it and move on!
posted by RLQGRANMA on Apr 22, 2009

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