At last night’s ELLE dinner for “women who make women look good on film (and the men who love us!)” hosted by Lani Hay of Lanmark Technology and presented by Moroccan Oil at the Sundance Film Festival, Vera Farmiga let a juicy little detail slip.
The actress was being honored for her prolific, varied work in independent film by the Creative Coalition, but she’s looking forward to one particular role in 2012. “I don’t know if it’s premature to talk about,” she said before sitting down to a meal prepared by Todd English himself. “But Aaron Eckhart is going to play Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys and I’ll be playing one of the great loves of Dennis’ life—Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, so that will be really fun!”
It was a fitting role to announce last night, given the presence of so many powerful Hollywood women. Creative Coalition’s CEO, Robin Bronk put it best when she said, “[We] believe that women in the show business work place are great and wonderful leaders first, who happen to be women.”
After hearing from Alfre Woodard, Hay presented her first foray into the entertainment business. The reality show, Frog Women, follows women—a stay at home mom, a yoga instructor, an interior designer—undergoing actual Navy SEAL training. The reel was followed by a clip from Goats and Farmiga’s heartfelt acceptance speech: “I owe a big thank you to my 5th grade softball coach who said to me, ‘You can’t steal second with your foot on first.’ Progress takes risk.”