No Whit, Not Brody and Sevigny

Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny set to lead Whit Stillman's Amazon pilot The Cosmopolitans

Now I'm not saying I'm not a fan of Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny, but I don't like seeing their names as the leads of Whit Stillman's upcoming Amazon pilot "The Cosmopolitans". It's just casting that's too on-the-nose given the show's plot -- a group of young American expatriates in Paris who are searching for love and friendship in a foreign city.

As much as I love the synopsis for a Stillman venture, with these two in the lead I can almost hear the whiny, "witty", back-and-forth banter now, increasingly grating with every punchline and sip of espresso. It's like when Larry David starred in Woody Allen's Whatever Works (my review), the writing was on point, but the actor delivering it just seemed a little too perfect for the part. It doesn't make it necessarily bad, but just not as good as it could have been.

Both Brody and Sevigny are Stillman veterans, he starring in the middling Damsels in Distress and she in the excellent The Last Days of Disco, and maybe I'm jumping the gun, but having seen all of Stillman's work I feel I can tell where this is going to end up.

In addition to Brody and Sevigny, the show will also star Dree Hemingway, Shaun Evans, Adriano Giannini and Carrie MacLemore.

Filming begins in Paris in two weeks and while I'm intrigued by a new Stillman project, I'm extremely wary of this casting as I fear it will seem just the right fit for a couple episodes but get more and more repetitive as the show wears on.

  • Winchester

    Well here's an question for myself - why am I instantly aggravated by even just the planned title of this show?

    • Brad Brevet

      The title was originally going to be "Cosmopolitan", but it was changed at the urging of Hearst who owns Cosmopolitan magazine.

      • The Jackal

        How we love this corporate-run-art-film-tv world of ours. Capitalism, a cruel mistress.

  • Andrew J.S.

    Love Whit Stillman. Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco are two of the most underrated films of the 90's.

    • andyluvsfilms

      Not seen either but i lurved Damsels In Distress, much watch that again soon.

  • kathrynlynn

    I have not actually seen any stillman work- but i've now added a couple to the my list to see.

    I just like seeing Sevigny work so I'm excited to catch her in something new. Amazon hasn't had much luck with their original material- so i'll be interesting to see where this goes, it's obviously a little more high profile, a little more youthful- but I still think Amazon is a ways away from making original scripted programming really relevant in the cultural conversation.

    • Brad Brevet

      Start with The Last Days of Disco and Metropolitan, but by the time you get to the end of Metropolitan (which I love) you might see what I'm getting at in this post.

      • The Jackal

        That's why I'm interested in the possibilities the show might offer. I trust Stillman, I think. He's not exactly Paul Thomas Anderson

      • kathrynlynn

        I took you up on this- and watched his other work... and I do see what you're talking about.

  • The Jackal

    Great insights there Brad Brevet. I'm just looking for a show with an interesting plot and some great dialouge, an atmosphere I can vibe with. Girls, Californication (even though it's beginning to show its seams), Game of Thrones :). If it's even a bit like The Talented Mr. Ripley (the film with Matt Damon), I might be hooked already.