Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow, The Phantom of the Opera, Poseidon) is the latest actress to join the cast of James Wong’s Dragonball, a live action version of Dragonball Z. According to JoBlo, Rossum will play Bulma, a girl whose father’s Dragon Ball is stolen by the evil villain Piccolo. Piccolo, played by James Marsters (he of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame), is trying to capture all 7 Dragon Balls to conquer Earth, while Goku battles him to get to the Balls first and save the Earth.

Way (way) back, around when The Day After Tomorrow was released, there was this huge buzz around Rossum. She was the next “It girl”, the one to watch, Hollywood’s upcoming darling. Somehow, that hype all disappeared, funnily around the time she managed to make the fantastic role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera into a wet dishcloth on stage (not including when she sang). If she’s hoping to hit back against the newer it girls, such as Even Rachel Wood and Ellen Page, she has one odd sense of what’s a break-out role. Dragonball is the big screen adaptation of the odd anime cartoon from Japan, Dragonball Z. I’ve never *quite* gotten that show, but frow what I gather, it involves flying fights, and throwing spheres of energy. Doesn’t quite sound like something to challenge the likes of Juno, Hard Candy and Across the Universe.


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