If you’ve seen Shane Black’s 2005 modern classic Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – and I highly encourage everyone to seek it out – then you already know Michelle Monaghan should be destined for big things. The actress killed it as the female lead in that movie, blending humor, quick wit, and sexuality into a terrific performance. Since then, she’s gone on to star in Mission: Impossible III, The Heartbreak Kid, Eagle Eye, Due Date, and Source Code, none of which gave her enough of an opportunity to shine as she did in Black’s film. (She did, however, do solid work in Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone.)
In any case, Monaghan now seems poised to become a household name. She’ll appear in the new HBO series “True Detective” (check out the trailer here), and it looks like the actress is staying in business with the premium channel for a while longer, as Deadline brings word that she’ll play one of the lead roles in the upcoming series “Open.” The show comes from Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”, “Nip/Tuck”) and “Dexter” co-exec producer Lauren Gussis, so it should come as no surprise that there’s an element of boundary-pushing here. Billed as “a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships,” the drama has already cast Wes Bentley, Scott Speedman, “Fringe” lead Anna Torv, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Monaghan will play Grace, a successful gynecologist recently engaged to Speedman’s character. Bentley plays Evan, a blowhard who loves talking about his sexual theories, while Torv and Leigh will play a couple whose relationship is tested when Grace comes into the picture. Since this is a Ryan Murphy show, we’re guessing they’ll show some restraint and go about two full episodes before we see a full-blown orgy.
There’s no telling if this will be any good or not, but we wish nothing but the best for Monaghan. If she can show Hollywood that she can handle a complex and interesting character, maybe she’ll start getting better offers for big screen work. Then again, if this is a success, maybe she won’t even need to take the movie offers anymore. More and more actors are jumping to cable networks these days, so perhaps she’ll be ahead of the curve. Interested in seeing how this one plays out?
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