Winona Ryder has been absent from the limelight for some time now. Ever since her infamous shoplifting charges, she has been hiding at the corners of fame without really stepping back in with a bang. Enough years have gone by that her past indiscretions have been put aside and directors and producers are ready to take a chance on the now older and more mature star. Her only recent role was a bit part in Star Trek the Movie when she played the mother of Spock.
Ms. Ryder has been acting since she was a young girl and has starred in many hit movies such as Beetlejuice, Mermaids and Little Women. She has played a wide variety of characters and has starred opposite some A list names such as Cher, Michael Keaton, Johnny Depp and Adam Sandler. It looks as though she is ready to make a comeback and get back into acting again with two movies in the works.
One project is bringing her back with Tim Burton, whose works include the aforementioned Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. The new project is called Frankenweenie and also stars Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. This is an adaptation of a short story that Tim Burton wrote and filmed in the early eighties before his epic rise to fame. Winona is slated to play the voice of Elsa who is one of the main characters of the story.
She also landed the role in an upcoming Ron Howard comedy with the working title of Dilemma that is planned to be released in January 2011. She beat out some tough competition to get the role and is playing opposite of Kevin James and Vince Vaughn. The character she portrays is the wife of James who is cheating on him. The movie takes place in Chicago and also features a star studded cast. This is one of the first large parts that she has had since her small role as previously mentioned in Star Trek.
It is good to see that Hollywood is willing to take a chance on this great actress who has a wide range and can play many different characters. Winona Ryder is now 38 so seeing her play some more mature roles is highly anticipated by the critic and movie lovers alike. Look for her star to shine once more as more and more roles are offered to the great and diverse actress.