Angelina Jolie To Play Patricia Cornwell’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta

Angelina Jolie to become Angela Lansbury?

According to Variety magazine, Fox 2000 is close to finalizing a deal that will unite the talents of media matriarchs Angelina Jolie and Patricia Cornwell. Patricia Cornwell is the author of the best-selling series of crime mysteries based on the character Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a sleuthing former medical examiner, to be played by Jolie.

There are 16 Scarpetta novels, meaning a franchise is hoped for, but this film won’t be tied to a specific Cornwell mystery title. Much the way that Jason Bourne morphed into an action hero in plots not rigidly locked into the Robert Ludlum book series, the opera-loving coroner Scarpetta will be the lead in a suspense thriller in the vein of “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Seven.”

Patricia Cornwell, whose most recent novel “Scarpetta” was published four months ago, is notoriously protective of her work, and it reportedly took meeting with Jolie and her manager Geyer Kosinski to convince the author to allow the project to go ahead.

Jolie and Cornwell seem like a perfect pairing to me – you have one of Hollywood’s biggest box office draws signing on to a franchise that doesn’t require perpetual youth and already has at least 16 well-written stories waiting. (Let’s be honest, the sexist ageism of moviegoers will allow for a sixty-five-year-old Indiana Jones, but the same can’t be said for Lara Croft) I look forward to renting a DVD and grossing out my grandkids by remarking how hot Angelina Jolie looks without her reading glasses. (Would that make me a Dr. Scarpettaphile?)