Proving its title right, Every Thing Will Be Fine just successfully managed to cast the last of its important roles—seemingly at the last minute—one week after shooting on the film began. ETWBF is the latest film from well-respected auteur Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire), and it stars James Franco as an aspiring writer who, after accidentally killing a young boy by hitting him with his car, uses the tragic event to fuel his writing and subsequently becomes famous. The conflict of the film comes when, ten years after the accident, the dead boy’s brother (Robert Naylor) reaches out and tries to contact him. A period of repression and denial then commences.
Charlotte Gainsbourg is set for one of the other big roles here, the role of the boys’ mother, but up until this point Wenders had yet to find an actress to play the part of the Franco character’s girlfriend. Reportedly Sarah Polley was up for it at one point, but that deal never quite came together. No big thing though, because THR is reporting that Mean Girls vet and drop dead gorgeous angel Rachel McAdams has just signed on to be their gal.
While it’s true that this role is just described as being “the girlfriend,” chances are that, this time around, the girlfriend role isn’t going to be as thankless and overlooked as it usually is. Special mention gets made in the casting report that—due to Franco’s mental deterioration over the course of the film—McAdams will have quite a bit of stressful girlfriending to do. That should give her the opportunity to dig into her bag of dramatic tricks at least once or twice.
And seeing as, similar to Franco, McAdams is an actor who can do great work when involved with great people, but who kind of blends into the background with generic performances when she’s working on something lame, Wenders’ helming of this one should provide both with ample opportunity to produce some of their best work yet. That’s got to be seen as great news. The last thing moviegoers need is to see Franco sleepwalking through another studio picture or McAdams trying to muster up romantic chemistry with Channing Tatum in another lame, romantic comedy.