A-List: Eva Green
In 2007, Green followed up her star-making role with a supporting part in the fantasy film, The Golden Compass.
The Golden Compass starred Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman. It was based on the first novel in Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials. The books have been describes as an atheist answer to C.S. Lewis’ uber-Christian Chronicles of Narnia. Even though the movie stripped just about all of the atheist subtext from the novels, the mere fact of its existence proved controversial to Christians who believed that the movie could make children curious about the books. And obviously, reading is bad.
After the success of fantasy films like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Hollywood was hot for the next series of books it could bring to the big screen. The Golden Compass with its big-name stars and CGI polar bears seemed like the next sure thing. But reviews were mixed and the movie was a disappointment in the US. Although it performed very well overseas, the planned sequels were cancelled.
In 2008, Green starred in the British sci-fi drama, Franklyn.
The story splits its time between modern day London and a parallel universe called Meanwhile City. Ryan Phillippe played a masked vigilante named Preest in a dystopian city over-run by religious fervor. Bet they didn’t like The Golden Compass there either. Green played an art student whose morbid suicide-themed performances could prove lethal.
Well, that certainly looks interesting. Critics were divided as to whether or not Franklyn worked as a movie. The movie was never released outside of the UK.
In 2009, Green starred in another British film. This one was the thriller, Cracks.
Green played an enigmatic diving instructor at an elite British boarding school in the 1930s. When a promising new student arrives, the balance of power at the school is thrown out of whack. The teacher begins giving the new student all of her attention and neglecting the other girls. This makes some of the students jealous which leads to the new student being ostracized and bullied.
Cracks was another ambitious British movie that received mixed reviews. It wasn’t released in the US until two years later.
In 2010, Green starred opposite Matt Smith in the sci fi drama, Clone or Womb depending where in Europe you lived.
Green played a woman who can’t come to grips with the death of her lover who may or may not have been a time travelling alien. Okay, he wasn’t. But he was played by Smith of Dr. Who fame. Green makes the controversial decision to clone her dear departed and raise him as her son.
Womb/Clone is yet another movie that was never released in the US. Greens was absent from American screens for over four years. Regular readers of What the Hell Happened know that is a sure-fire way to kill your career momentum in Hollywood.