Christina Ricci Is Zelda Fitzgerald In A New Amazon Show & Her Past Roles Prove That She's Perfect For It
If you're a child of the nineties like myself, you have a soft spot in your heart for Christina Ricci, who has played some of the best cult characters near and dear to us. She's played some of the greatest dark roles ever, and also some of the sweetest, and some that walk that fine line between both, a la our favorite goth teen queen Wednesday Addams, who she played when she was only 11. Which is why it's exciting that on Monday, TV Line reported that Amazon is teaming up with Ricci for a new series about Zelda Fitzgerald. The series will be an hour-long, with the project currently titled "Z," and will tell the story the iconic American novelist who is unfortunately always first described as F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife.
And that's exactly why I'm so excited that Ricci is on this project; because the 35-year old actress' long resume includes some incredibly bold and feminist roles, and nothing less would do for anyone slated to play Fitzgerald. The author was, yes, married to F. Scott, but she was also a prolific writer in her own right, penning some great American novels herself like Tender Is The Night. Fitzgerald and her husband had a tumultuous, often contentious romantic and professional relationship, though he did describe her best as the "first American Flapper."
Ricci has played parts in a number of dark and artistic films, most recently as another notorious woman — Lizzie Borden in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. But Ricci takes the role above and beyond, making a woman who brutally murdered her parents into a complex, at times even sympathetic character. And that's exactly the kind of woman we need playing Zelda Fitzgerald, a woman with a mythos so illustrious that she was the inspiration for Don Henley's classic, "Witchy Woman."
We don't often see portrayals of Fitzgerald on screen big or small; the last time someone played her was Alison Pill, briefly (above), in Woody Allen's 2011 hit Midnight In Paris, but the small glimpse we got into her relationship with her husband unfortunately took a backseat to the rest of the literary-star-studded plot. Thankfully, the next time we see Zelda in a pop culture sense, we'll find one feminist icon playing another: a dream come true!