With rumors of Carey Mulligan starring in a My Fair Lady remake, I looked at her other films and attempted to judge what her future in Hollywood will have to offer: big-budget blockbusters and sequels or smaller, plot- or character-driven films. Perhaps a mix of both.
The Greatest (2009) and An Education (2009) both premiered at Sundance and were met with positive reviews (my reviews included). In The Greatest, Mulligan plays a young pregnant woman who's forced to meet her lover's family when he dies unexpectedly. Acting alongside Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan, the young unknown completely stole my heart and then stole it again in An Education. If you've yet to see An Education, shame. Her performance was one of the strongest of the year--even if she was overlooked by Academy voters--and if you can get past the lovers' 20+ year age difference, you'll most likely find it enjoyable. Greatest has yet to seen a wide-release date, or even a limited-release date, An Education is everywhere.
All is not lost for Carey Mulligan. As long as she avoids any Transformers scripts that Shia has lying around the house, I'd bet we have years of high-quality films/performances from my new favorite actress.