Friday, March 7, 2008

Rachel McAdams Eyes Neil Gaiman’s ‘Black Orchid’ As Superhero Role - SendMeRSS

Rachel McAdamsJessica Alba has her Sue Storm, Jennifer Garner her Elecktra. Kirsten Dunst, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, – heck, even Ellen Page – have all had their moment in the comic book spotlight.

Just how many roles for female superheroes could possibly be left?

Maybe the best one of all, insisted “Notebook” star Rachel McAdams.

“I just read this book ‘Black Orchid’ and it’s a really interesting character,” the actress said. “She’s a superhero that’s a flower. I don’t know if that would work or the audiences would be interested in that, but she was kind of cool.”

Not just a flower, but a plant/human hybrid able to alter her appearance and voice, regenerate — even fly. And one that, although relatively unheard of, comes with a pretty recognizable comic pedigree, McAdams reminded.

“I like all the Neil Gaiman stuff. It’s great,” McAdams said of the comics god who reinvented the character with a limited series run in 1988. “I think it’s really visually so dynamic and would work really well.”

Maybe. But give McAdams credit for trying to drum up interest in one of D.C.’s lesser known characters. The actress has been rumored to be close to a comic character only to fall short before, as she reportedly auditioned for roles in “Batman Begins,” “Iron Man,” and “Fantastic Four.”

It’s time to finally make it to the finish line, she asserted.

“I would love to play a female superhero,” she exclaimed. “It’s all sort of circumstantial and depends on the part and what comes up when and what you are doing in your life. But I do love graphic novels and I just think it’s just an exciting thing happening. Some of them are so beautiful.”

Ever hear of Black Orchid? Is it a good fit for the 31-year-old beauty? If not, is there a super-heroine you can think of that would be perfect for McAdams? Sound off below.

Link - Comments - Shawn Adler - Thu, 06 Mar 2008 10:08:40 GMT - Feed (1 subs)
User comment: By: Sarah Daisy
Neil Gaiman heard about this and mentioned this on his blog. http://journal.neilgaiman.com/ He says he would like to see her in the role.
User comment: By: Keith
Incredible actress. She could play anything. I hope she gets her chance if this is the part she wants.
User comment: By: Jeny
She's perfect for the role: beautiful, talented, and chameleon-like.
User comment: By: Michael
Wow! Rachel McAdams reads comic books and is a Neil Gaiman fan. She is the perfect woman!
User comment: By: Morgan
I think Black Orchid might be better as a movie than it was as a comic book. It's good, but it's not as good as some of Gaiman's other work, and I think the story would actually be better suited to the big screen. And Rachel McAdams would be perfect for the role.
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