Story by: Jack Foley
MEG Ryan is to dispense with her good girl image (along with
her clothes) at the Toronto Film Festival, which takes place from
September 4 to 13.
The actress's latest movie, In The Cut, is to be premiered
at the festival and is said to mark a significant departure from
the rom-com territory which has marked much of her career.
In the film, written and directed by The Piano director, Jane
Campion (and based on the novel by Susanna Moore), Ryan stars
as New York academic, Frannie Avery, who becomes involved with
a detective (Mark Ruffalo), who is investigating a murder in her
The movie is being hyped by critics because of the opportunity
it affords them to see Ryan in a grittier role than usual - she
is said to appear naked at one point, while the film itself is
said to be both sexually explicit and violent.
One critic has even described Ryan's performance as 'the most
astounding change of image by a leading Hollywood actress in recent
The actress has attempted to move away from her rom-com queen
image in the past, of course, most notably in movies such as Courage
Under Fire (in which she played a courageous helicopter pilot),
When A Man Loves A Woman (as a drunk), and Flesh and Bone, but
remains best-known for her performances in movies such as When
Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle (among others).
In The Cut, which was to have been a Nicole Kidman star vehicle,
co-stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kevin Bacon and is due to be
released in the UK later this year, possibly November.