State of Play ups the ante, bitter misanthrope unimpressed

  • 27 September 2007

Much as it may be in my nature to hate everything, the increasing buzz about the movie adaptation of State of Play is really starting to distress me.

The original TV series was a work of coruscating genius, the Hollywood version appears to be trying to throw star names at the screen in a bid to garner credibility.

We’ve already got Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Jason Bateman lined up to bring the story of a politician who sees his meteoric rise to the top halted by the inconsiderate death of his mistress to the multiplex.

Now Rachel McAdams is on board to play one of the journalists involved in the story - I’m presuming she’ll be filling the Kelly MacDonald role.

Robin Wright Penn will fill in for Polly Walker as the politician’s wife, but, horror of horrors, Helen Mirren will be taking the Bill Nighy part as the newspaper editor.

According to Empire, there can be no better substitute for Nighy than Mirren, I can think of one off the top of my head: Bill bleeding Nighy.

No it won’t do, I shall be marching on Hollywood in the morning.