Roman Polanski to Direct Film Adaptation of 'Venus in Fur'
By Jerry Portwood
We love Nina Arianda (I mean, LOVE) in Broadway's Venus in Fur, and the role earned her a Best Actress Tony this year. And dreamboat Hugh Dancy ain't too shabby either. But neither of them will be reprising their roles for the screen adaptation it seems. EW reports that contentious, Oscar award-winning director Roman Polanski will helm the screen version, and he wants to do it in French and his wife Emmanuelle Seigner will play the lead female. And swoon-worthy Louis Garrel (!) will play the male lead.
The play was written by David Ives, and its Broadway production was extended several times due to popular demand (and finally closed this past summer). With the (unfortunate) popularity of the 50 Shades of Gray books, and the S&M overtones in the play, we can see why this is now a hot property for someone to adapt. Although the script may work in French—and be even kinkier—it will mean that the audience is much more limited. Perhaps that just sets it up for an English-language version later on? And we can see Arianda strut onscreen. So far, the only memorable part we've seen Arianda in is in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. And unless Woody sees her as a muse for his European adventures, we worry we won't see enough of Nina just yet.