HUGE CASTING NEWS!!! At least for die hard “Revenge” fans like myself it is. Ever since the jaw-dropping reveal that Emily Thorne’s mother was still alive during the season finale, viewers have been on the edge of their seats, waiting on word on who would portray her. The actress would need to possess the same steely demeanor and kick-ass bravado as Emily and also have the ability to go head-to-head with Madeline Stowe’s Victoria Grayson. That’s a mighty tall order for any actress to play, but I think producers found the right person. Before I reveal who it is, check out what “Revenge” creator Mike Kelley told TVLine.com back in May about the character.
“This [character] is going to have some deep psychological issues. So we’re going to need somebody that can play volatile and dangerous; all of the scariest parts of Emily’s personality are going to be present and apparent and a little bit out of control in her mother. But at the same time, what works so great for Emily is that sweet façade, so this woman needs to feel like she’s got potential for kindness. You look at her and you don’t know that she’s as damaged as she is inside. But you’ll quickly learn that this is a very dangerous person.”
It’s none other than Jennifer Jason Leigh. Not only does she bear a resemblance to Emily VanCamp, but she has the acting prowess to play pivotal role on the ABC drama. The Golden Globe-winning actress is best known for her roles in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High“, “Single White Female” and “Road Perdition“. If you saw “Single White Female”, you know she can play crazy really well. Jason Leigh was most recently seen on Showtime’s “Weeds“.
Even though “Revenge” was shut out by the Primetime Emmy Awards nominations the other day, the show definitely scored in landing Jennifer for a recurring role. I’m even more excited for Season 2 to begin now that she’s on board. What do you think of this casting? Do you think Jennifer Jason Leigh is the correct choice? Who would have you cast? Sound off below.