Meg Ryan is interesting. Over the last twenty years, I've watched her take on volcanoes and find love with angels. Year after year, for over a decade, she indulged in lip-locking and feel-good fare. Once she found love via AOL, she began to take it easy. Unfortunately, just when she ventured into new territory with In the Cut, she threw in Against the Ropes and then took the longest hiatus in her career -- three years. Now she's making up for lost time, without the drama.
As Erik Davis shared in September, Ryan is joining Colin Hanks for the romantic comedy Homeland Security, where FBI agent Hanks has to spy on her and her lover, Antonio Banderas, both of whom are suspected of theft. It'll be full of crazy hijinks, I'm sure. Along with this, she's got the comedic melodrama, In the Land of Women, with Adam Brody. Does someone have a new thing for tall, thin, late-twenties actors with brown hair?
While it's unfortunate to not see her in more gritty roles like Cut, her upcoming miniseries might be her taste of some less-silly comedy. She is set to star in The Best Awful, an adaptation of Carrie Fisher's follow-up novel to Postcards From the Edge. In this installment, a divorce sends the Suzanne Vale to go off her meds, have a mid-life crisis and become institutionalized. Richard LaGravenese is joined by the pair behind American Beauty, Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks, to produce the adaptation. Linking that with Carrie Fisher's more snarky, black humor and this might become more than the typical Ryan comedy.