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The Jack Man Fetches a 19th Century Damsel

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 13, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 13, 2009 |

Any of you old-timers remember Madeleine Stowe? She was semi-big as a leading lady back in the 90s — the sophisticated kind that often did period pieces. Sort of like the Rachel Weisz of her day, the less edgy version of Helena Bonham Carter. I think she’s most famous for her role in Last of the Mohicans. She more or less disappeared around the turn of the century, and she’s been hiding out in TV land periodically for the last 10 years. She’s one of the unfortunate actresses who got pushed out by younger stars and, from a few pictures I’ve seen recently, perhaps some bad plastic surgery.

Anyway, back in 1993, Stowe wrote a script, a script that Ridley Scott wanted to direct and that Russell Crowe was attached to. A studio offered her $5 million for it, but she turned it down because she wanted a guarantee that she’d play the female lead in the movie, which is about a woman whose husband is killed and her two children kidnapped by a Comanche war party in 1859. The woman is rescued by a frontiersman.

Fifteen years later, Stowe is too old to play the part, but now she’s decided to make the movie herself. Unbound Captives will be Stowe’s directorial debut, and she’s lined up her leads. Rachel Weisz will play the woman. Hugh Jackman will play the frontiersman hero, and I have no idea who Pattison will play. Probably an 1859 version of a twatwaffle.

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