'Jezebel James' Star Goes 'Where the Wild Things Are'
'Jezebel James' Star Goes 'Where the Wild Things Are'
Lauren Ambrose, star of FOX's upcoming comedy series, The Return of Jezebel James, has been cast in the film version of Where The Wild Things Are, a children's picture book authored and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

Ambrose is taking over for Dawson's Creek alum Michelle Williams.  A production source told The Hollywood Reporter last month that while the “filmmakers enjoyed working with Williams,” they realized that her “voice did not match their original vision of how the Wild Thing should sound.”

The book revolves around the imaginary adventures of Max, a young boy who is punished for his misbehavior by being sent to his room without dinner.  He wears a distinctive wolf suit during his adventures and runs into different kinds of mythical creatures.

Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers adapted the book, while Warner Bros., in association with Legendary Pictures and Village Roadshow, is set to handle distribution.  The film adaptation will feature real actors, computer-generated images and live-action puppets.

Aside from Lauren Ambrose, the cast of Where the Wild Things Are includes Forest Whitaker, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Dano, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) and Tom Noonan.

The film is due out in theaters next fall. Meanwhile, fans of Lauren Ambrose can catch her on the small screen again when FOX's The Return of Jezebel James premieres on Friday, March 7 at 8:30pm.

On the series, Ambrose plays Coco Thomkins, a quirky, free-spirited girl who is asked by her barren sister, Sarah (Parker Posey), to carry her baby.

Originally, FOX ordered 13 episodes for the debut season of The Return of Jezebel James, but in October, the network announced that it was reducing the number to seven, saying that given their tight midseason schedule, “seven episodes are all we need to allow us to program the series through the current broadcast season.”

For those who can't wait until next year to see Ambrose on screen, the Six Feet Under alum is currently starring opposite Frank Langella on Starting Out in the Evening, a film about an aging novelist whose world is shaken when an ambitious graduate student persuades him that her thesis can help revive his career.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Playbill, Variety
(Image Courtesy of FOX)