Earlier this week, I caught an advance screening of what’s sure to be an awards season heavy, Lone Scherfig’s An Education. The plan is to go more in-depth on the film next week, so I’ll reserve all reactions and the such for that. But know that An Education is the definition of “delightful,” funny and effective, breezy and layered. There are some parallels I could make to Juno right now, but I’ll save those for next week. It’s definitely a must-see when it hits in early September.
The biggest reason for its success, hands down, is newbie star Carey Mulligan (24 years old; from Britain), who’s already creating tidal waves of buzz off her performance. She plays “Jenny Miller,” an intelligent and wide-eyed 16-year-old living in early 1960s Britain, whose world is opened up in various ways after she meets a much-older man (played by Peter Sarsgaard). If there’s anything close to an Oscar nominee shoe-in at this stage of the game, it’s Carey Mulligan for Best Actress—if Ellen Page was able to pull off the same last year, there’s no question that Mulligan is overqualified in ’09. One of the more naturally charming performances you’re likely to see all year, if not the most. She’s in virtually every scene, and she’s magnetic throughout.
Looks like the potential Carey Mulligan takeover is kicking into gear. This morning, it was officially announced that Mulligan has signed on to Oliver Stone‘s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (an awkward title more fitting for some sort of corporate action thriller, no?), the recently-announced sequel to Stone’s tktk standard. In this new one, Michael Douglas will return as the ruthless “Gordon Gekko,” and Shia LaBeouf will take the Charlie-Sheen-vacated position of young upstart dealing with shadiness and money-hungry deception. Mulligan will play Gekko’s daughter, who’s also the love interest for LaBeouf. Josh Brolin and Frank Langella are also down for Stone’s cause.
I’m a marginal Wall Street fan, so I’m, at most, marginally excited for this second-part. But I’m really curious to see how Mulligan’s career progresses after An Education. Let’s see if the love affair continues in a more mainstream look. What’s concrete, however, is that Mulligan’s name will soon be all over your computer screen, TV and favorite entertainment read. You can take that to the bank and cash it.
News learned over at: Empire Online
An Education trailer, after the jump: