Whenever I see a headline that reads “Actress such-and-such to try Shakespeare” I always have to click to see whether it will be exciting, or a train wreck.
This week it’s Kate Moss, who is perhaps known best as a “super” model rather than an actress. She’ll be tackling the upcoming Kevin Spacey / Sam Mendes production of The Tempest.
Miranda? No. She’ll be playing a nymph.
I think that’s actually a good idea. You don’t start with lead roles. The question is whether she’s got the star power to keep all eyes focused on her anyway, regardless of the role she’s got. I remember our Tempest in college, I was dating a girl at the time who was cast as a nymph. She camped out on top of the sleeping King Alonso and growled menacingly at his would-be assassins.
(While other girls got roses, I got her a unicorn carousel music box and wrote “Now I will believe that there are unicorns…” in the note. Apparently I was a Shakespeare geek back then, too :)