Zooey Deschanel to make Math cute

On the left: Lovelace. On the right: Deschanel.

Gather ‘round, kiddies, it’s time for a little history lesson. Do you know who Ada Lovelace was? No, I can’t imagine you do. For those of us less knowledgeable of all realms mathematical, let me tell you. Lovelace was the 19th century’s geek idol. She was the daughter of legendary poet Lord Byron. She was an English mathematician, designer of the world’s first computer program, and as such, the world’s first computer programmer. Suffice to say, she was something of a genius, and more than a little attractive as well—a combo that earned her the alluring title of “Enchantress of Numbers.” Like most geniuses, however, she also died young—not living past the age of 36.

So what does this nerd-goddess have to do Deschanel? Well, one is about to be played by the other, in an upcoming biopic film known as “The Enchantress of Numbers.” It will be Deschanel’s job to make math fun. God help her.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I like biographies as much as the rest of the world, but to try and make a period piece about mathematicians? Excuse me for saying I don’t see even Deschanel carrying this one far, unless they take a lot of creative leeway with historical details. It could be interesting—I just don’t see a film about math drawing in the crowds. The director isn’t much help either. Directing is none other than Bruce Beresford, whose only claim to fame is Driving Miss Daisy (1989), the rest of his work a series of forgettable unknowns. Deschanel’s drooling fanboys (and girls) will undoubtedly still trail devotedly to the theaters, but overall, I foresee light draws from this one.

Regardless, between this and “Your Highness,” it looks like we’re about to see how Deschanel handles roles beyond those of the thoroughly modern woman. If anyone could pull this picture off, I suppose it’s her, but I just don’t know how I feel about spending hours watching a sexy lady crunch numbers.

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~ by Chris G. on April 26, 2010.

One Response to “Zooey Deschanel to make Math cute”

  1. As a fan of Zoe Deschanel and someone who knows who Ada Lovelace was I’ve got to say I won’t be going to the cinema to see this; unless they make it a steampunk action film with very loose connections to reality (unlikely).

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