More problems for the big-screen adaptation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. In May Natalie Portman, who was to play Cathy Earnshaw, pulled out because she didn’t think she could manage a Yorkshire accent. Now the film’s director John Maybury (centre), has quit, leaving the future of the movie in serious doubt.
It is not known exactly why Maybury, whose credits include the recent Dylan Thomas movie The Edge of Love, left, but the Daily Mail claims it was down to differences of opinion between himself and the producers over the script and cast (as reported on The First Post, Maybury was never keen on Portman taking the lead role). It seems the project had moved into a direction he was not happy with. In a recent interview, Maybury said that the producers initially wanted "a weird, dark version of the weird, dark tale", but it soon became apparent that was not the case.
The search is now on for a new director – and a new leading actress. Kiera Knightley was offered the part of Cathy after Portman left, but turned it down because she didn’t want to take on a role the American actress had dumped. Sienna Miller (pictured above with Maybury and Knightley at the premiere of 'The Edge of Love') was then approached, but she had other commitments.
Why Natalie left
Natalie Portman browses a magazine at the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, California. When her friend arrived the two went to see the latest Batman movie. After the movie her friend smoked a cigarette before they left separately.