Michelle, la belle

2017 Is The Year Of Michelle Williams

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BY: Zak Wojnar

Michelle Williams has quietly made a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actors. She won acclaim for roles in films like Blue Valentine and My Weekend With Marilyn, and earned legions of fans thanks to her appearances in cult films such as But I’m A Cheerleader, The Station Agent, and the sleek and edgy political comedy, Dick.

Through it all, Williams has never spent any significant time in the tabloids; she is a true actor, above scandal and shameless self-publicity. This allows her to dive deep into every role she takes, since she keeps the audience’s preconceived notions about her to a bare minimum.

While Williams has been working steadily for years, 2017 is, without a doubt, a banner year for the pixie-cutted starlet. She is starring in three very different films this year, and each of them have the makings of a major awards contender.

First up, there’s Wonderstruck, based on the book by Brian Selznick. The movie, set in both 1927 and 1977, and has already been singled out by critics for its whimsical visuals and heartwarming storyline. The movie, which also stars Julianne Moore, Tom Noonan, and Oakes Fegley, enters limited release on October 20.

Williams plays a supporting role in Wonderstruck, but receives top billing in her next feature, All the Money in the World. Based on the real life kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, grandson of the legendary oil tycoon, J. Paul Getty. Williams plays Gail Harris, the young Getty’s mother, who desperately works to convince the infamously JP Getty to pay the ransom to get her son back. “Marky” Mark Wahlberg co-stars as a former CIA agent enlisted by Gail to save her son, while the great Kevin Spacey is aiming to steal the show as the elder Getty, and he’s nigh-unrecognizable in his “old man makeup.” All the Money in the World is directed by Ridley Scott, and the film is scheduled for release on December 8.

Finally, Michelle Williams’s last film of 2017 is The Greatest Showman, which has long been held as the passion project of its star, the X-Men star, Hugh Jackman. The biographical musical aims to offer a dramatized account of Barnum‘s life and development of his circus with the same visual spectacle and sense of unadulterated wonder of the circus itself. Williams co-stars as Barnum’s wife, Charity. The Greatest Showman is due out on Christmas Day.

What does the future hold for the lovely and talented Michelle Williams? She’s currently filming the upcoming Amy Schumer comedy, I Feel Pretty, and was just cast in Sony’s stand-alone Marvel spin-off, Venom, starring Tom Hardy, so she’s certainly keeping busy. Knowing Williams, she’ll continue to balance crowd-pleasing adventures with prestigious pictures, and the viewing public will continue to benefit from her dedication to her art.