Memoirs of a Geisha Gets a Dream-Team Cast

Steven Spielberg has given up on directing an adaptation of the exquisite bestseller Memoirs of a Geisha, now that he’s busy with what is reportedly the most expensive film in history … War of the Worlds.

But the movie’s moving forward anyway, and now Rob Marshall (Chicago) is in charge. That probably means it’ll be colorful, but does Marshall have the subtlety and poetry necessary to make this anything other than a broad-stroke, commerical opera? (No, I don’t mean that literally… it’s not going to be a musical.)

Fortunately, the cast looks like a dream come true.

Zhang Ziyi is the perfect choice for the lead role of the orphan, Sayuri.

Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) will play the Chairman.

Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) may play Sayuri’s mentor.

And Gong Li, star of Zhang Yimou’s great epic To Live, will probably play Hatsumomo.

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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.


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