Friday, June 16, 2017

The Husband's Secret: Now that Blake Lively has been cast as Cecilia, who should play John Paul?

While I was away I missed the very big news that Blake Lively has been cast as Cecilia in the upcoming adaptation of The Husband's Secret based on the Liane Moriarty bestseller. I've read the book, in fact, I'm rereading it right now. I'll probably have to reread it again when the film actually comes out!


According to Variety's announcement, "the story follows a wife, mother, and chronic perfectionist who inadvertently discovers that her husband has been keeping a secret from her for years … a secret that leads her to realize that her life is built on a foundation of lies and murder."

Honestly? I've completely forgotten the plot BUT I know, like all of Moriarty's books, it's a very entertaining read while
one is reading it. Even if it doesn't stay with one. Well, this one anyway. I think it's probably more me than Moriarty's writing. I confess, having just turned 64,  my memory isn't what it used to be. Yes, it's likely to be an age thing.

Speaking of age, Blake, at thirty, is about 15 years younger than Cecilia is meant to be. Cecilia was twenty when she brought back a small piece of the Berlin Wall from a visit in 1990, so she'd have to be at least forty odd now, but that's Hollywood, eh? I expect we won't hear about Cecilia and her friend actually buying a tiny piece of the wall which she later gives to her serious and smart young daughter Esther. Remember how people sold tiny rocks supposedly from the wall, many of which were fakes? The time period resonates with me because I was in Berlin in September of 1989, just before the wall fell. Even then, as a tourist, walking into East Berlin, past armed military guards was a tense experience. But I digress! Back to the book and casting —


Who do you think should play Cecilia's husband, John Paul? Since Blake Lively* is disappointingly not Australian (I imagine they'll shift locations to the US like they did with Big Little Lies) can we at least have a genuine Aussie man? Chris Hemsworth, I'm talking to you!


* Blake Lively is also an executive producer on the project which means she'll have some casting input. Will she want to hire on hubby Ryan Reynolds as John Paul? 

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