Many Hollywood tropes of female characters who faint at the idea of breaking a nail have been consigned to the past, but Emily Blunt recently revealed that she is sick of so many scripts wanting a “strong female lead.” While she is not condemning the number of movies and TV shows that have a female at their core, she would like to see a bit more thought going into them.
Blunt has played several lead roles in movies like Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place, and in Jungle Cruise, where she traded barbs with Dwayne Johnson. However, when it comes to being offered a script that is simply proposing the need for a “strong female lead,” she is happy to cast it aside to look for something more imaginative. In an interview with The Telegraph, Blunt said:
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“It’s the worst thing ever when you open a script and read the words ‘strong female lead,’ That makes me roll my eyes. I’m already out. I’m bored. Those roles are written as incredibly stoic, you spend the whole time acting tough and saying tough things.”
Blunt continued to discuss her new role in The English, in which she plays Lady Cornelia Locke, a woman with secrets. Unlike the simple prospect of a “strong female lead,” this kind of role really gets the actress interested. She added:
“I love a character with a secret, and I loved Cornelia’s buoyancy, her hopefulness, her guilelessness… Cornelia is more surprising than that. She’s innocent without being naive and that makes her a force to be reckoned with. She startles Eli out of his silence and their differences become irrelevant because they need each other to survive. I thought that was cool.”
Will Emily Blunt Be Part of the Fantastic 4?
With Marvel Studios still being secretive about their new Fantastic Four line-up, Emily Blunt’s name continues to do the rounds as a potential candidate for the role of Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Woman. Blunt recently addressed that rumor when speaking to Extra TV, who asked whether she could discuss anything about her potential inclusion as part of Marvel’s first family. She said:
“Well, I know nothing, so I’ll just say that. But I mean, I never know how to answer these questions! No one has approached me about the Invisible Woman, so we’ll just leave it at that. I have not been approached about the Invisible Woman.”
Of course, fans have come to take any such denials with a pinch of salt, with many actors having denied their involvement in Marvel movies right up to the point they appear on screen. With plenty of other names in the frame, including Killing Eve star Jodie Comer, there is every possibility that Blunt is telling the truth. However, there is an equal probability that she isn’t. The speculation will have to continue until Marvel Studios makes an official Fantastic Four announcement.