Remember Leonardo DiCaprio's little werewolf movie, the one he's going to produce with Catherine Hardwicke directing? Things are moving forward with that production, and according to the LA Times, Amanda Seyfried is one of the names they're looking at. Seeing that no other names are mentioned in the piece, she could very well be the top name in contention -- albeit an older, Beverly Hills 90210 sort of casting choice.
Titled The Girl with the Red Riding Hood, the project is a modern spin on the classic Grimm story: "The story is an update of Little Red Riding Hood, with the requisite dark/dangerous/romantic elements that can appeal to Twilight fans -- while also attracting audiences who simply like the fairy tale." Yes, due to the werewolf element and the fact that it's based on teens, the Times positions it all in a Twilight world. That's fair, but this is one project that seems more based in something else. Aside from the solid source material, "The script has gotten high marks from power players around town, who describe it as elevated genre material a la this weekend's Shutter Island." Wouldn't it, therefore, be more precise to say this could be due just as much to The Wolfman as it is to the shirtless New Moon wolves?
The piece goes on to discuss that this feature doesn't have the trio of Twilight stars, "but then those stars were made by Twilight, not the other way around." Perhaps if this was the early 2000s, when Seyfried had done mostly soap opera work, or 2004 after Mean Girls, or 2006 after Veronica Mars, I'd buy Seyfried as the next Kristen Stewart. But while not getting accosted by fans on a daily basis, she does have the recognizable name: the Needy girl in Jennifer's Body, Sarah from Big Love, and to more mainstream audiences, the lead of the big money makers Mamma Mia! and Dear John.
So, possible further fame and maybe a little ComicCon craziness if there's a lusty co-lead for the ladies? Sure. The next Kristen Stewart? I give Seyfried more credit than that, as more star power in a new project than the next big thing. You?