Gary Oldman & Julie Christie Join “The Girl in the Red Riding Hood” Cast

A. Quinton — Apr. 24th 2010

The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog reports that the cast for “The Girl in the Red Riding Hood” just got a lot cooler. The Warner Bros. film is a gothic re-imagining of the Red Riding Hood story, and word is that Max Irons (son of Jeremy Irons), Amanda Seyfried, Julie Christie (!) and Gary Oldman (!!!) are all involved. From the post:

Amanda Seyfried is already cast in the Catherine Hardwicke-directed project, playing a woman in a medieval village being terrorized by a werewolf. Earlier this week, Shiloh Fernandez nabbed the role of an orphaned woodcutter for whom Seyfried falls, much to the displeasure of her family.

Irons will play Henri, the son of a blacksmith who, through an arrangement, is to marry Seyfried’s character.

Christie, who would make her first studio movie since 2004’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” would play Seyfried’s grandmother, whose favorite pastime is knitting — with a pair of silver needles.

Oldman would play Father Soloman, a man whose title is the Witchfinder General and whose job is to find and kill the werewolf.

I’m happy that they’re making the Wolf in this story a werewolf. Hopefully Catherine Hardwicke will give us a proper beast this time– the last film she directed had a “werewolf” in it too, but I don’t think readers of this site were impressed.

Plus, come on: Julie Christie? Gary Oldman? I have a statue of the last werewolf Oldman played on my desk at work, and Julie Christie is so classy and elegant she could kill a werewolf with her bare hands and not even break a nail.