The food blog world is abuzz with the news that Meryl Streep has been cast as Julia Child in the film adaptation of Julie and Julia. Now. We may or may not have mentioned this here before, but we grew up acting. We went to Boston Arts Academy. We minored in theatre in college. We worship Meryl Streep like the goddess of acting that she is. All that being said, Meryl Streep is 5’6 and has a delicate-looking face. Julia Child was 6’2 and delicate is one of the last words we’d use to describe her features. We understand that camera tricks and prosthetic features can do wonders, but really, we think that Streep would be more believable as an actual child than as Child.
Leaving aside the fact that Streep seems woefully miscast, we’re a little confused as to why Child is even a character in the film. The book is about Julie Powell (who will be played by Amy Adams, an actress who has what is probably the prettiest hair in Hollywood) and her quest to cook every recipe in Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Powell’s story is interspersed with vignettes of Child’s life, most of which take place before she learned how to cook. This seems like it will be tricky to represent on film without running the risk of the Child portions looking like E! True Hollywood Story reenactments. We’re clearly going to see the film version of Julie and Julia, but we must admit to being more than a little skeptical of the enterprise.
What do you think? Can Meryl play Julia?