A-List: Eva Green
In 2011, Green starred opposite Obi Wan Kenobi (aka Ewan McGregor) in another European sci-fi drama titled Perfect Sense.
McGregor and Green play neighbors who meet and fall in love just as humankind is threatened by a global outbreak. The disease causes people to lose one of their five senses starting with the sense of smell. Slowly, each of the other senses is lost as well. With each sense comes an extreme emotional reaction. When McGregor loses his hearing, he lashes out at Green causing a rift between the two lovers.
Perfect Sense received mixed reviews and was never released in the US.
Also in 2011, Green appeared in the Starz TV series, Camelot.
Jamie Campbell Bower starred as the newly crowned King Arthur. Joseph Fiennes played Merlin as more of a trickster than a true wizard. And Green played Arthur’s treacherous sister, Morgan.
If the intent of the series was to recreate the mad sex and violence of Starz hit show, Spartacus, then Camelot fell short. Reaction to the show was largely ambivalent and it was cancelled after the first season.
In 2012, Green appeared opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s whacky remake of the horror soap opera, Dark Shadows.
Depp played Barnabas Collins, an immortal vampire awakened in the 1970s. Green played a witch with whom Depp had an affair in the 1760’s. When she spurned her, she cursed him to be a vampire and then had him buried alive. When Depp is released two centuries later, he finds that Green is still alive and tormenting what remains of the Collins family. The cast included Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley and Chloë Grace Moretz.
Reviews were mixed. The movie was a disappointment in the US. Depp had been on a hot streak with the Pirates of the Caribbean and his previous collaboration with Burton, Alice in Wonderland. Dark Shadows opened at #2 behind Marvel’s Avengers which was in the second week of its release. In the US, it grossed a mere $80 million against a $150 million dollar production budget. Fortunately, it performed much better overseas where it turned a profit.
Dark Shadows was the first movie Green had appeared in that was released in the US since The Golden Compass in 2007. Over four years later, it seemed that Green had succumbed to the Bond girl curse.
In 2014, Green would make up for the long absence with appearances in several projects. First, she appeared in the sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire.
Green played the Persian naval advisor who spurs Xerxes on to war against the Greeks. The movie is supposedly based on a Frank Miller’s follow-up to the original 300. But Miller’s book, Xerxes has yet to be released. So who knows how faithful the movie was to the source material.
300: RoaE received mixed reviews and disappointed at the box office. The first 300 was a surprise smash. The sequel opened at #1 in the US. But it barely recouped its $100 million dollar production budget. Fortunately, it performed much, much better overseas.