Emily Browning has replaced Mia Wasikowska as Sleeping Beauty. Generally, we’d find a statement such as this one to be (a) logical and (b) completely uneventful. Both actresses are young, fresh and would fit right in to the classic role of the sleepy princess. The twist is that this isn’t Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, it is the erotic version.
Described as “a haunting erotic fairy tale about a student who drifts into prostitution and finds her niche as a woman who sleeps, drugged, in a ‘Sleeping Beauty chamber’ while men do to her what she can‘t remember the next morning,” this new Sleeping Beauty comes from the 2008 Black List script by Julia Leigh, who is also making her directorial debut on the project.
Browning is coming off of work on Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, where she swooped in to replace Amanda Seyfried at the last moment. She seems to be a young Hollywood hero like that. Sleeping Beauty is scheduled to get started in Australia next month, with a $10 million dollar budget, according to Just Jared and The Playlist.
Lets all take moment to remove our perv hats and forget the cute photo of Ms. Browning that I’ve posted above. Browning, age 21 (because I know you’ll be checking to validate the legality of the thoughts you just had), has proven herself to be a talented young actress. She was very charming in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and was one of two performances in The Uninvited that weren’t annoyance over substance. This project will make for an interesting turn for her, going from safe teen fantasy movies and disposable thrillers to hard action, then hard erotic drama. If a career is to be built for this girl, it will certainly be built on these next two roles.