June 7, 2009
Halle Berry looking at a potential Surrogate
Last week, I mentioned that the pregnancy thriller -- currently being developed by director Paul Verhoeven, and not to be confused with the upcoming Bruce Willis sci-fi flick Surrogates -- is based on a book by Kathryn Mackel, a Christian novelist and screenwriter who worked with Winter on the film versions of Left Behind (2000) and Hangman's Curse (2003).
This week, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter revealed that Halle Berry, who co-starred in the X-Men trilogy (2000-2006) produced by Winter, is "in talks" to play the wife who is so desperate for a child that she turns to a surrogate mother, only to discover afterwards that the woman carrying her baby is insane.
Berry hasn't been seen on the big screen since Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) came out nearly two years ago, so websites like Hitfix have already begun to suggest that The Surrogate could be her "comeback" movie; it is already being perceived as a "comeback" movie for Verhoeven, who hasn't directed a Hollywood feature since the poorly-received Hollow Man (2000).
But Berry has already shot another movie, according to the IMDb, called Frankie and Alice, in which she will play "a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality." That film is currently in post-production and doesn't seem to have a release date yet.