Ed Westwick of Gossip Girl and Gemma Arterton of Quantum of Solace are rumored to be playing star-crossed lovers in a new movie version of Wuthering Heights.
The young Brits beat out a host of other high-profile names – including Sienna Miller, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman – to bag the parts in the adaptation.
The last movie version in 1992 saw Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche in the main roles. Can these two sexy stars make the famously electric, tortured romance between the fictional lovers Heathcliff and Cathy even hotter? We think so.
Westwick, who plays poor little rich boy Chuck Bass in U.S. teen drama we love, reportedly wooed producer Robert Bernstein to play Heathcliff.
“We’ve cast it as written,” said Bernstein, whose production company has been developing the film for years. Gemma has just turned 23; Ed is 21.
“Heathcliff’s a teen, and the story takes him into his early 20s. Cathy is just as young,” Bernstein said. “It’s radical because usually actors playing these characters are much older. We’re also very proud to have British actors.”
No word on whether the film will include any scenes of Gemma Arterton nude. But one can certainly hold out hope of that event taking place.