The Girl Next Door
Katie Holmes, indie queen?
Los Angeles Times
EXCLUSIVE: Speaking of "Son of No One," another bit of casting is also poised to go down on the movie: Katie Holmes is negotiating to join the cast of the cop drama (in a move that, after the testosterone of Al Pacino, Channing Tatum and Ray Liotta, would offer us another, er, chemical).
Holmes would play the wife of a young policeman (Tatum) who uncovers an explosive secret after he is assigned to the working-class neighborhood where he grew up.
The part would continue an interesting pattern for Ms. H.
After several years of quiet (Holmes hasn't had a movie commercially released since the ensemble crime comedy "Mad Money" in January 2008), the actress formerly known as Joey is suddenly back on the big screen with some frequency. But she's not taking the kind of generic studio roles that she at one time seemed to be on a trajectory for, going indie instead.
In Park City this year, Holmes had a Sundance double dip -- she played a thoughtful, slightly bitter twentysomething in the young-friends drama "The Romantics" and also starred in the adaptation of Jonathan Ames' comedy-drama "The Extra Man." Holmes also stars in the mid-budget horror remake "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," although that movie's release status is unclear as buyers jockey over the fate of Miramax.
A burst of Holmes on the big screen, and in some pretty heady dramatic stuff? After her surprisingly impressive turn in "The Romantics," there are worse things.
-- Steven Zeitchik