Angelina Jolie as Dr. Kay Scarpetta

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Angelina Jolie scored herself another franchise. The "Tomb Raider" star has been tapped to play Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the beautiful medical examiner heroine of Patricia Cornwell's popular crime novels.


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Angelina Jolie and husband Brad Pitt. (AP)


"Scarpetta's a workaholic who dresses well, drives a Mercedes, attracts handsome guys, and handmakes Italian food, reports Elisabeth Rappe on Cinematical.com. "She's kind of perfect, just like Jolie."

Twentieth Century Fox apparently has acquired the rights to all 16 Scarpetta novels. Could keep Jolie working for a long time.

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That's awesome!!! I can't wait to see them.

Not a bad selection. The pick for Pete Marino will be just as important.

She's perfect! I've read the novels, now I can't wait to see the movies. Great choice!

I also read the books and I think that Joile is just perfect! I can't wait to see it.

Jolie is a horrid choice. She doesn't fit the physical description of Kay Scarpetta, nor does she have the acting chops to carry off a character separate from her tabloid lifestyle. This is very, very disappointing to fans of the series. I don't think I'll be able to buy anymore books in the line. I'll now have a tabloid Hollywood actress stamped in my mind, not Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

I think the choice for Kay was wonderfull, I love Jolie and Cornwell so i get the best of both worlds! I hope each one can do the other justice!

Patricia,

If you cannot distinguish between movie fantasy and the reality then it is your problem not the actors'. Almost all stars are in the tabloids these days, because that is what sells, not serious stories. We all know we are watching Meryl Streep in Moma Mia and Tom Cruise in his movies and not their movie characters...

In facts a lot of people will go and see this movie just because Jolie is in it. So I guess the author (who has met with Jolie and liked her) and the producers have decided that those who will come to see Jolie are more than those who will pass on a good movie just because of their negative biass towards an actor/actress.

Good day. K

Horrible choice - I always pictured Kay Scarpetta as a REAL woman not a plastic one. Maybe they'll change their minds . . .

I agree with Patricia. I've pictured someone older, in fact 10y ago when I started reading them I always pictured Helen Miran. I think Skip Sudduth would make a great Marino :)

C'mon! Angeila has played diverse and varied roles... she does not have to be 10yrs older nor should fit the description because nowadays, any actor can look like someone else, right?? what is important is that Angelina is a bankable actor and she can easily transform herself into the character she is playing at the moment. Whether it be a Scarpetta role or what ever that she will be cast into, she will definitely convince moviegoers that she is that person.

Jolie is not a good choice. The personality, description, human factor, I could go on. They only went with her to bring in $$. Kay needs to be grounded and endearing, not (to quote Frankie) plastic. This is one series I'll pass on in the theaters. Patricia, you should have not jumped on this one.

Rene Russo would be the BEST as Scarpetta.
Not blonde but beautiful and smart.

I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS A FEW YEARS AGO I COULD NOT COME UP WITH WHO SHOULD PLAY DR. SCARPETTA ,BUT I THOUGHT PATRIC DENAHE WOULD BE A GOOD MARINO AND ANGELINA WOULD BE GOOD AS THE NEICE LUCY

i think that maybe ctherine from CSI vegas would be a good scarpetta?

you folks also forget that while Angelina is moderately busty, Kay Scarpetta is described in the books as being VERY busty.

so, we need an actress with a HUGE rack!! LOL

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