Hollywood megastars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are to star in a Yorkshire blockbuster of Wuthering Heights. The Emily Bronte 1847 classic, set on the isolated Top Withens area of the Yorkshire Moors above Haworth, is the inspiration behind a new, lavish depiction of the gripping Victorian tale. Film chiefs have told the Yorkshire Evening Post 'off the record' that the deal has been done to bring two of the film industry's biggest stars to Yorkshire. Film scouts are understood to have been combing the Yorkshire area in the last 10 days to find the perfect film locations to film the wild, passionate scenes between two of the world's hottest stars, who will play Heathcliff and Cathy, two of the literary world's greatest romantic figures.
They are rumoured to start filming next year and could be in Yorkshire for six months, along with a huge crew and cast. The lid is being kept on details of the deal. Depp, 42, who is a lover of the Bronte's literary works, once said during an interview: "Am I a romantic? I've seen Wuthering Heights 10 times. I'm a romantic." Jolie, 30, who is expecting Brad Pitt's child, and has just finished filming the Good Shepherd, is known for her campaigning work abroad for poverty-stricken children. Jolie has adopted two children, for whom it is expected that Brad Pitt will become an adoptive dad.
Wuthering Heights is the story of the tangled passion which grips Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. It relates to the lives of the Earnshaws, a family of farmers.
One day Mr Earnshaw returns from a trip to the city bringing with him a ragged little boy called Heathcliff. Earnshaw's son, Hindley, resents the child, but Heathcliff becomes companion and soulmate to Hindley's sister, Catherine. After her parents die, Cathy and Heathcliff grow up wild and free on the Moors and despite the continued enmity between Hindley and Heathcliff they are happy, until Cathy meets Edgar Linton, the son of a wealthy neighbour.
Kaye Elliott, Production Liaison Manager at Screen Yorkshire said: "There are often rumours of this nature, we are unable to deny or confirm anything at the moment." Screen Yorkshire is the strategic agency for film, broadcast and digital media in the Yorkshire and Humber region, encourages national and international film and TV companies to film in the region using its knowledge of the filming infrastructure to provide information on key facilities.
Source: Leeds Today
Even though I don't like Angelina, there's something about her that tells me she'd be perfect as Catherine.