Saturday, February 18, 2006

Gone, Baby, Gone Cast

Lee Goldberg passes on Variety's report that Ben Affleck's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Gone, Baby, Gone has begun production with Casey Affleck as Kenzie and Michelle Monaghan as Gennaro.

Casey Affleck

Michelle Monaghan

More detail from, including:

"Lehane fans may also question if Casey Affleck, best known for his bit parts in "Ocean's Eleven" and its sequel, is ideal casting as Kenzie, a gruff Alpha male."

Hmm. As I recall, Kenzie was not an Alpha male. On the contrary, he routinely got his clock cleaned and never signed up for a self-defense class.


H. C. said...

Gruff Alpha male? Kenzie? Pshaw.

Gone, Baby, Gone was my intro to Lehane, and is really my favorite. Affleck doing the script worries me, but this casting...oh well, at least it wasn't Steve Carrell and Tina Fey.

Maybe I read it wrong, but I saw Kenzie and Gennaro as older than 30.

Gerald So said...

Maybe I read it wrong, but I saw Kenzie and Gennaro as older than 30.

I don't mind muddying age for movies. Spenser is 37 in his first book, after all, and you'd expect Kenzie and Gennaro to be younger than Spenser.

I think the "gruff Alpha male" description is Zap2it's, not Ben's. IMO, Gone, Baby, Gone would work best as a small movie ala Paul Newman's Twilight or Tom Selleck's Stone Cold, so I don't mind Ben casting his brother.

When I first heard of the project maybe a year-and-a-half ago, it seemed Ben had a passion for it. If that's true, he's more likely to get it right than mess it up.

Graham said...

Casey Affleck looks all right, but Monaghan looks EXACTLY the way I pictured Angie Gennaro.