We’ve been hearing rumblings for the past year or so that Courtney Love is taking it upon herself to put together a biopic about her husband, the late great Kurt Cobain. The last major news to crop up on this project was that David Benioff (The 25th Hour, The Kite Runner) would adapt the script from the Charles Cross biography Heavier Than Heaven (a solid first step), but up until now there has been nothing concrete in regards to casting. And we all know that casting is the one thing what will likely make or break this film.
This week there are reports that Courtney Love has decided on her two favourites to play the role of herself and Kurt, and the two lucky winners are… Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Gosling! Of course, it remains to be seen whether or not either of them would even be interested. With Love acting as her own producer, it seems like this is only wishful thinking right now, although she has supposedly sent a contract out to Johansson already in the hopes that she would sign on the dotted line.
Is she setting her sights too high here? I’m not sure. I’d like to see this done as a high profile project with some serious talent behind it, but at the same time, I don’t know if many actors or actresses are keen to take on the baggage associated with these culturally significant figures (especially with Love herself watching over your shoulder). Maybe casting unknowns would be the better way to go. On the other hand, looking past the fact that Love herself has handpicked these two, I could see them being pretty decent choices. There is a resemblance between Scarlett Johansson and Courtney Love (on a good day, anyway), and Gosling certainly played a believable junkie in Half-Nelson! What do you think? Could this movie actually turn out to be good?