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Winona Ryder lands lead in Ron Howard Comedy

Winona Ryder has acquired the lead role in the Ron Howard directed comedy Cheaters (the title may be changed).

Ryder beat out a slew of other actresses in her drive to land the part of Geneva, Kevin James’ wife. She auditioned twice for the part, outshining the likes of Kate Beckinsale, Carla Gugino and Uma Thurman, who flew herself in for the audition.

Why are so many top tier actresses clamoring for this role? First, its directed by Ron Howard. Watch The Cinderella Man if you still do not understand. Next, the plot is not your standard fair (supposedly):

the film is no tried-and-true fat guy/hot wife comedy. Rather, the movie, from screenwriter Allan Loeb (21), centers on two best friends, played by James and Vaughn. When Vaughn’s character discovers that James’ wife (Ryder) has cheated on his best friend, he confronts her directly and must decide whether or not he will tell his friend. (Thus, the film often pits Ryder’s character opposite Vaughn’s.) The movie is set to begin filming in Chicago in May.

Winona Ryder fans will be able to see her much sooner in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and the CBS mini-series When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story. I do not know why some people are calling this a comeback. She was just in Star Trek as Spock’s mom and A Scanner Darkly in 2006.

Source: EW

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  • DemonMeister

    Actually “A Scanner Darkly” came out in 2006. But, yeah, to call it a comeback it kind of ridiculous….Though, it might be a comeback to mainstream films… The following are her film before “Star Trek.” They're all independent…

    Stay Cool (2009)
    The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
    The Informers (2008)
    The Last Word (2008)
    Sex and Death 101 (2007)
    The Ten (2007)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)
    The Darwin Awards (2006)

  • Good news for me as a Ryder fan, although I do like to see bella Gugino on camera.

  • Rupert

    THE LAST WORD was oddly oddly entertaining. SCANNER DARKLY was a trip. Great score. DARWIN AWARDS and THE TEN were hilarious! THE INFORMERS was alright. Liked the book better. She's great in Pippa Lee. Sex and Death 101 was a hoot. Still waiting for STAY COOL. Love Polish Borthers movies especially Twin Falls Idaho.

  • Her and her talent was wasted in The Informers, as they were in Star Trek. Sex and Death was alright, nothing special. A Scanner Darkly was good.

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