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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

And who will play Nora Charles?

Astonishingly, nobody seems to care that I think that remaking “The Thin Man” is a terrible idea; Warner Bros. is just going to go ahead and do it anyway, with Rob Marshall directing Johnny Depp hoisting a martini glass as the debonair Nick Charles. And today, Deadline announces the list of actresses rumored to be considered for the role of his wife Nora, played to saucy perfection by Myrna Loy in the 1934 original: Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt, Isla Fisher. Hmm. Well, if we have to play this game, let’s play it. Stone is, I think, too young; Green doesn’t seem funny enough; Wiig — hmm, something isn’t quite right there. Mulligan — maybe, but I’m not sure she can play the wit; ditto for Weisz (though both could well surprise). I think I’m liking Blunt, Adams or Fisher, of the group presented — but I wish somebody would consider Jennifer Westfeldt. (Too old, you say? She’s the same age as Weisz. Though the original Nora, for what it’s worth, was a good bit younger than her Nick — Loy was in her late 20s; William Powell in his early 40s.) Or, hmm, Judy Greer. And how about Uggie for Asta?
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Can magic happen twice? We shall see. Here’s William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Asta (played by Skippy) in the great 1934 comedy “The Thin Man.”

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