A cast update on the recently annouced Bridge to Terebithia adaptation (remake?) has been announced. After the two young leads (played by Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb), one of the most significant characters is that of the the teacher whom the children admire. The team of Disney and Walden have annouced that this role will be filled by popular actress Zooey Deschanel.

I've got rather mixed feelings on Zooey as an actress- heresy, I know, for an admitted geek. I tend to think of her as hit-or-miss. I loved her performance in Elf, for instance, but thought she gave a rather half-hearted attempt at Trillian in the HHGG movie. Perhaps it was just the material she was given to work with- I don't know. I just know that the part felt flat and uninspired to me. Thoughts? Feel free to chime in and disagree with me, or remind me of other roles that Zooey has pulled off tremendously.