Movie Preview: Penelope

Christina Ricci, James McAvoy and Reese Witherspoon will all be starring in the feel-good fable Penelope. The movie will open in the United States this February 29, 2008.

As the producers describe Penelope:
Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci), born to wealthy socialites (Catherine O'Hara and Robert E. Grant), is afflicted by the Wilhern spell that can only be broken when she finds love. Hidden away in her family's estate, the lonely girl meets a string of suitors in her parent's futile attempt to break the curse. Each eligible bachelor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry … until her curse is revealed.

Lemon (Peter Dinklage), a mischevious and eager tabloid reporter wants a photograph of the mysterious Penelope and hires Max (James McAvoy) to pose as a prospective suitor to get the shot. The handsome down-on-his luck gambler finds himself falling for Penelope, but not wanting to disappoint her or to expose his surreptitious ways, he decides to disappear.

Fed up by his latest betrayal and determined to live life on her own terms, Penelope breaks free from her family and ventures into the world alone. She finds adventure and Annie, her first friend (Reese Witherspoon) and becomes the person she was meant to be.
Here's the trailer:

The movie seems very interesting from the trailer. While Christina Ricci is not a stranger to off-beat characters, Reese Witherspoon seems to be having a blast as a spunky citizen. Also, the movie's release seems to coincide with the wave of James McAvoy's popularity. Let's see if the film lives up to the nice sneak peek.

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