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Emily Blunt to Lead A Movie That Isn't A Reboot Or Based On A Book

By Jodi Smith | Industry | May 5, 2015 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | May 5, 2015 |

This movie news make me happy. It make me excited. Perhaps you don’t understand how I can feel these sorts of emotions for a film that doesn’t have a mouthy mercenary dressed in red and black body armor.

I’m frightened too, but we’ll get through this together. You, far away and not touching me and me, sitting here not touching me.

I wouldn’t say that the all-female Ghostbusters reboot is terrible for women in film. I just think original films featuring female leads that aren’t focused on romance are even better. That’s why I’m delighted that Emily Blunt will be starring in Bronco Belle as Raylene Jackson. Writer/director Khurram Longi came up with Raylene’s story while on a road trip.

“We were driving down from New York and ended up in Texas where by chance we stumbled across the world of rodeo. I had never been to one before. We started to follow the rodeo trail and the world inspired me to write this script. During the writing I was influenced by films like Thelma And Louise and The Colo[u]r Of Money. For me this is a female Rocky-on-a-bull type of film. I thought it was a great hook. After seeing Emily in Edge Of Tomorrow I thought she would be perfect so had her in my mind as I was writing it.” via Empire Online

Okay, Longi was influenced by films starring men and one starring women. The idea of Raylene chasing a dream to be a successful bull rider is new, right? It’s not a historically female career or film subject, so I’m impressed with Longi, Blunt, and Embankment Films. I hope it lives up to my admittedly high expectations.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.