Bride and Prejudice Release Date Set
"Bride and Prejudice," Gurinder Chadha's follow up to her sleeper hit "Bend it Like Beckham," is set to be released on Christmas 2004, according to the website boxofficeprophets.com
Chadha's film, which has a budget four times that of Bend It Like Beckham, will stay faithful to Austen's original story for the most part. The Bennett family becomes the Bakshis, and they live in a modest Indian village. Mr. Darcy, who will be played by The Ring's Martin Henderson, is a wealthy American rather than a British socialite. The story starts in the home of the Bakshi's, where the matriarch of the family has set out to find marriage matches for her four gorgeous daughters while a lavish wedding party is in the town. Instantly, this story's version of Elizabeth Bennett, Lalita (Aishwarya Rai) says that she will only marry for love, which naturally causes her mother no end of mental grief.
I think this film could, if successful, be the beginning of some really great things for Aishwarya Rai, including becoming the first successful Indian crossover actress to be accepted in America, and become the next female star to become the obsession of American males. Maybe even a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live?