HBO, Cate Blanchett teaming up

BlanchettOne of the best actresses in the entire world is teaming up with America's premiere premium cable channel.

Cate Blanchett will be starring in and executive producing a new telepicture with HBO. The project will put the Oscar winner in the lead role in the adaptation of Marisa Acocella Marchetto's memoir, "Cancer Vixen: A True Story." That book deals with a cartoonist who is preparing for her upcoming wedding and the next step in her life when she is derailed by a breast cancer diagnosis. The book looks at Marchetto's 11-month battle with the disease and what happened along the way. Blanchett will star as Marchetto.

In addition to Blanchett, Maven Pictures' Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray (Girl Most Likely, The Bell Jar) are also executive producing and meeting with writers to adapt the memoir.

HBO Films is behind the project. The studio has produced Game Change, Too Big to Fail, Cinema Verite, The Pacific and Temple Grandin. 

Blanchett (for those of you not current with her IMDB page) won a supporting actress Oscar for her work in The Aviator and was nominated for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I'm Not There, Notes on a Scandal and Elizabeth. She also appeared in the Lord of the Rings films.

- Cate Blanchett

Written by: Hamatosan
Mar 12th, 2013, 4:32 pm

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Message Posted On Mar 13th, 2013, 1:32 am
I like her, a lot, but I'm still not gonna watch that — now, if she was a deranged, machiavellian mayor of Chicago, I might reconsider, but a ... cartoonist (who is about to get married — how domestic and gender'dly-focused), really? And the title (of the book) is 'Cancer Vixen,' even(!). Terminal illness from diagnosis to postmortem, I just cannot envision ever being in the mood to see that, for any reason (even with such a great actress in the lead)... *** It's TV, Cate, there's no Oscars to win here, so why not do something that's... well, not so obviously Oscar bait-y. Because those tend to kinda suck. (I've yet to see 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' or 'The Aviator,' but I suspect they are kinda sucky — by which I mean, pseudo-politically aware, slow passion-less character pieces with great production values, and ultimately, kinda boding-ny, just what those d*cks at the Academy Awards look for... But again, this is for TV, so... No.)
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