Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon could be a good on-screen pairing. The duo have now signed to star together in Big Eyes for producer Tim Burton and writer/directors Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, according to THR.
The movie is based on the fascinating true story of artists Margaret Keane and Walter Keane, whose bizarre paintings featuring large eyed characters were beloved across the world in the 1960s. However, Margaret later claimed she was the true artist behind all the big-eyed paintings, and that the rather pompous and self-obsessed Walter (who spoke about himself in the third person and compared himself to Rembrandt and El Greco) stole all the credit for her work. It set off a long running dispute between the two which ended in court battles.
Here’s what Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski had to say about the casting, “We are ecstatic to have this dream cast for our dream project. Walter is a larger-than-life antihero – charming, funny, dangerous, and a little crazy. Ryan will knock it out of the park. As for Reese, she will be perfect as Margaret – soulful, decent, transforming from vulnerability to learning to fight for herself.”
Production is scheduled to begin sometime this spring.