Rosamund Pike to Star Opposite Christian Bale in ‘The Deep Blue Good-by’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Rosamund Pike Lands Female Lead in
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Rosamund Pike is in talks to play the female lead opposite Christian Bale in Fox’s “The Deep Blue Good-by” based on John D. MacDonald’s novel.

James Mangold is directing the bigscreen adaptation, with Chernin Entertainment, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson-Killoran producing for Appian Way along with Amy Robinson.

Written by MacDonald in 1964, “The Deep Blue Good-by” is the first in a series of 21 books that followed Travis McGee (Bale), a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women.

Dennis Lehane penned the script, with Scott Frank working on the most recent draft.

Following the success of “Gone Girl,” which grossed more than $350 million at the worldwide box office and earned Pike an Oscar nomination, Fox and Pike seem happy staying in business with one another.

After the huge opening weekend of “Gone Girl,” Fox quickly offered Pike the female lead in its survival drama “The Mountains Between Us,” which she will shoot after “The Deep Blue Good-by” so “Mountain” can be ready for the proper weather conditions needed to tell the story.

Pike is repped by CAA and Magnolia Entertainment.

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  1. Marilyn says:

    I hope they try to make the female lead look like Lois. She was tall, thin and had a dark cloud of hair. She also was a refined lady, which is kind of an outdated concept, but popular in the 50’s and 60’s.

  2. Marilyn says:

    I still can’t get over Peter Dinkledge (sp?) being miscast as Meyer. Meyer, the hairy bear, genius economist, was a huge part of the series.

  3. Marilyn says:

    There were 26 Travis McGee books, not 21.

  4. archer1949 says:

    I ca t see this as anything other than a 1960s period piece. Travis McGee is a character from another time.

    • Marilyn says:

      JDM was definitely ahead of his time in many ways, such as his views on the environment. But it is true that Travis McGee was a womanizer, drank to excess and engaged in a lot of violence. He also called women “girls.” But he did show respect towards women and was disinclined (with a few exceptions) to have one night stands. He said they left him with “postcoital depression.”

  5. John Foley says:

    Bale is a better choice than Leonardo DiCaprio. Both great actors, but I would’ve preferred Bradley Cooper — pretty close to how I envisioned McGee when reading the novels, and close to the right height…I’m still trying to get over Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.

  6. Josh Holloway was my first choice to play Travis McGee, but Christian Bale could be very good as well. He’s not who’d I immediately imagine reading the books, but he has a way of transforming himself on screen. In any event, I’m really looking forward to this movie.

    • Ron Head says:

      The great John D.MacDonald and his wife thought Jack Lord (Hawaii Five O) would be the perfect Travis McGee. I never understood that, but they should know. Jack Lord was on a television western at this time. Chuck Conners (The Rifleman) was once considered for a Travis McGee television series. He would have been perfect.

  7. Marc says:

    not that this comment will make a difference, but Bale is a horrible choice. love his work, but he “can’t wear the clothes” for the part. Travis is supposed be big and trim over 6’3″

    • Marilyn says:

      Travis was 6’4, was about 220 lbs., but looked about 190 lbs. He tried to keep in shape. He had light, wiry hair, which he kept short. His eyes were pale silver. He also had numerous scars on his body, as a result of his many physical battles. I’ve read the Travis McGee novels hundreds of times over the past 30 years.

    • No No says:

      Are you saying that Christian Bale wouldn’t be big enough for the role? He’s 6 foot, and this is him during the batman series.

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      Bale is six foot. That would look tall on screen.

  8. This feels right. Yes to Pike, and yes to Christian Bale as McGee.

  9. Ron Head says:

    Great news! It sounds as if Fox has The Deep Blue Good-by on the production schedule.

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