I’ve had my eye on Mary Elizabeth Winstead ever since I first saw her in Sky High. And by “had my eye on,” I mean that I’ve been wishing for a disastrous career that would inevitably lead her to increasingly risqué films and scantily-clad roles just to make a buck. Alas, the rather attractive young lady seems to be doing just fine professionally as she was just delivered to the tender clutches of a horny hillbilly in Grindhouse and is following that up with a stint as John McClane’s daughter in Live Free or Die Hard. Yet, the universe smiles upon me and the latter part of my wish will come true anyway.
Winstead just signed to star in Make It Happen, which is a routine-sounding dance flick that’s due to be helmed by music video vet Darren Grant (he also helmed one of the Tyler Perry movies, but this goes a long way toward making up for that). In the film, Winstead will play a gullible girl from a small town with dreams of becoming a dancer. She moves to Chicago to make it ha…oooooh, okay…but instead of hoofing it at the local chorus line, she finds herself shaking it in a burlesque club. I have no illusions that this will go to close to wet dream territory because the script is courtesy of Duane Adler, the screenwriter of both Step Up and Save the Last Dance, so the emphasis here will undoubtedly be on her struggle to make her dreams come true against great adversity. Still, seeing this chick strutting her stuff in heels, garters, and bustiers, even for a small part of the film, cannot be bad. I mean, it’s physically impossible given the laws of the universe in which we currently inhabit.
The film is courtesy of new shingle, The Mayhem Project, which is a banner for cheapie ($10-30 million) films aimed at teens and based on can’t miss concepts like this. I have no problem with that as it’s pure, art-free commerce that gives some measure of small hope to pervs like myself. We all win.