Her name is Sam Taylor-Johnson. She directed Nowhere Boy, but is probably even more famous for being 20 years older than her husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, better known to many as the guy who plays the lead in Kick Ass.
Many may now speculate that Aaron Taylor-Johnson may land the lead role, but I think it’s just the opposite: She took the gig to ensure that he’d never get the role because who wants to see their husband play pretend sado-masochist with Mila Kunis or whoever? I would never want my job to be to direct my spouse to have soft-core simulated sex with someone else, but THAT’S JUST ME. I am alone in this. Completely.
I’m just bummed Terrence Malick didn’t get the gig. Can you imagine the pillowy, flowing bedsheets during the sex scenes? Plus, all the dirty talk would be in echo-y whispers.