Bryce Dallas Howard seems to have stumbled upon some bad luck with her mainstream releases over the past few years. The Village (which I personally really liked) has become a punchline to the online film community, no one dares speak of the mediocrity of Lady in the Water, Spider-Man 3 was the unofficially agreed upon worst film in that series (so far), and Terminator Salvation was a total disappointment for fans. Hopefully her luck is about to change.
Howard has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood's next directorial effort, Hereafter, alongside Matt Damon and Belgian actress Cecile de France (High Tension). Plot details for this film were released about a month ago, but I'll give you a brief rundown of what we know so far.
Hailed as a supernatural drama in the vein of The Sixth Sense, Hereafter follows three people and the effect that death has on each of them: a French TV journalist (de France) who escapes death from the 2004 tsunami, a single mother (presumably Howard) who loses one of her twin boys in a car crash, and a reluctant psychic (Damon) who is called on for answers.
This film is climbing my list of anticipated films for 2010. Anything involving Eastwood is sure to pique my interest, and combining Damon and Howard (plus a script from The Last King of Scotland writer Peter Morgan) turns this movie from "intriguing" to "must see." Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Steven Spielberg are all producing in some capacity, so having some of the biggest names in the business on your side can't hurt.