Are you able to spot any similarities between Amanda Seyfried’s smooth, porcelain doll features and the worn and weathered face of longtime Hollywood tough guy Russell Crowe? Director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds) seems to be able to, because Variety is reporting that he’s just cast her as Crowe’s adult daughter in his next film, appropriately titled Fathers and Daughters. Maybe it’s got something to do with the fact that they both have piercing blue eyes. Or maybe it’s just because they’re both famous actors.
Fathers and Daughters comes from a Black List script that was penned by Brad Desch, and it tells two New York-set stories that take place 25 years apart. The first features Crowe as a famous novelist and widower who is struggling with mental illness and the task of trying to raise his five-year-old daughter on his own. The second story features Seyfried playing a 30-year-old lady trying to make her way in present day Manhattan, all while carrying around the crippling neuroses that come from being raised by a writer father who had mental issues. Or, for the sake of eliminating redundancy, let’s just call him a writer father.
Seeing as the two actors will be performing in time periods that are 25 years apart, it doesn’t appear as if they’ll actually be sharing any scenes together, and aren’t likely to be on set at the same time. That should assuage anyone else working on the film’s fears that the two will start reminiscing about Les Misérables and they’ll then have to hear Crowe breaking into one of his songs.
The next step to putting this thing together will probably entail picking the perfect 5-year-old actress who will not only be able to look like a mini-Seyfried but also stand next to an erratic-acting Russell Crowe and not look intimidated. Any stage moms out there who happen to have a blonde-haired, big-eyed, brass-balled little daughter should probably be trying to get head shots in to Muccino’s people now.