Friday, April 12, 2024

Sienna Miller Gets Her Breakout Role with Ryan Reynolds in Fleck-Boden’s “Mississippi Grind”


Sienna Miller’s fans (I count myself among them) should be happy now. The talented British actress has landed a breakout role in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s “Mississippi Grind.” She’ll star with Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn. Jamie Patricof and Lynnette Howell are producing. Jamie produced Fleck and Boden’s “Half Nelson” and “Sugar,” two really great indie films.

Sienna has done a lot of good work, particularly in the little seen Lasse Hallstrom movie “Casanova,” and in the very underrated “Factory Girl.” She was recently in HBO’s “The Girl” with Toby Jones. When Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” debuts next spring, Sienna is said to be marvelous in that, too.

Meanwhile, Patricof and Howell are hoping that the Indie Spirit Awards and critics panels (and maybe the Oscars) will not forget Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines.” Focus shouldn’t have released this ambitious and engaging drama so early in the season. Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, and Eva Mendez turn in awards-worthy performances. Cianfrance is a hot director with a great eye. Maybe someone will get a campaign going for “Pines.” It’s good to be forgotten.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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