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.