Actress Uma Thurman is in the news for her roles in two upcoming book-to-film adaptations. First up, she plays Medusa in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which hits theaters next month (director Chris Columbus says of the “seductive” star, “you’ll look into her eyes and forget that she has 75 snakes on her head.”).
But the role that’s making waves this week is the one Thurman is taking on in the 2011 adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s Bel Ami: an older love interest of up-and-coming journalist Georges Duroy–who will be played by Twilight star Robert Pattinson. Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas are also on board to play two more women seduced by Duroy during his rise to the top in this adaptation of the 1885 classic, which is a fresh and vivid read even today. Over at iVillage, they’re wondering if Uma is too old to play the love interest of 23-year-old RPattz, but I think it’s more likely that this role fulfills some teen fantasies of his. How about you?
Readers might be most familiar with de Maupassant for his short story, “The Necklace,” which also deals with intrigue in Parisian society.