Between her stint as Mandy Lane, and upcoming work on films like Pineapple Express and The Informers, Amber Heard seemed to be on a specific path -- cute girl, in a variety of the normal roles for someone her age. However, I never would have imagined that she would take on the world of fly fishing. The Hollywood Reporter posts that she and William Hurt have joined Zach Gilford in The River Why. The project is an adaptation of the novel by David James Duncan, and is being directed by Matt Leutwyler.

A coming-of-age fishing tale, the film will focus on "a young man named Gus Orviston (Gilford) and his quest for an elusive rainbow trout, which is a metaphor for the man's internal search for self-knowledge." Heard plays the object of his affection, "a tomboy fly-fisher," and Hurt plays his dad. It's not the most exciting description for a film, but maybe there's something more to it.

While I can't even imagine her fly-fishing, this project should definitely help to keep Heard from being pigeon-holed into certain types of roles, assuming that she pulls it off. The film heads into production in Oregon early next month.
categories Cinematical