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Watts Promises a Thriller

Published May 19, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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It is hard not to have a thing for Naomi Watts. Though the actress seems to have a personality that is disturbingly close to Nicole Kidman when she appears on talk shows, you can't deny her brilliant performance next to a CG creature in King Kong.

Except for a brief stint in The Painted Veil, Naomi Watts has left her schedule completely open for 2006 and beyond. So why don't we start filling it.

Watts for Eastern Promises

According to Variety, Naomi Watts has been cast as the female lead in David Cronenberg's London thriller Eastern Promises for Focus Features and BBC Films.

Eastern Promises, scripted by Steve Knight, delves into the same seedy underside of London life that he explored in Dirty Pretty Things.

Watts is set to star opposite Viggo Mortensen. She will play Anna, a midwife at a London hospital who gets dragged into the criminal underworld when she tries to discover the identity of a dead patient

Viggo Mortensen is set to play the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai, a man with links to one of London's most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is thrown into turmoil when he crosses paths with Anna.

Whoa, will some of the characters be calling him "Joey" in this film?

Eastern Promises is expected to begin filming in November, right after Watts finishes filming on Michael Haneke's remake of his own psycho-drama Funny Games.

Stay tuned for updates.

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