So why is Kate Hudson in it?

Fair question.

But finally, right?

Here’s Kate Hudson with Riz Ahmed in New York and brown hair shooting outside the Met yesterday. It’s called The Reluctant Fundamentalist based on the book by Mohsin Hamid which made the Booker Prize shortlist a few years ago. I would imagine she’s playing Erica? If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend but it’s super, super tense. There were times I had to remind myself it wasn’t real. Amazing the thoughts and ideas you fill into a story that are all your own, without any prompting by the author, and in this case, that’s the point. Too much of the actual non-fiction narrative has been dictated by our assumptions.  Hamid does a great job illustrating this without getting all preachy.

Anyway, needless to say, this is not a Matthew McConaughey movie. Nor is it what you know to be a standard Kate Hudson movie. Not unless the director, Mira Nair, deviates sharply from the source material. OMG remember Monsoon Wedding? It’s been 10 years since Monsoon Wedding!

And it’s been nearly 2 years since Kate’s been on a film set. The last time was for Something Borrowed which, as Duana said the other day, you have (more) tolerance for sh-t on a plane but Something Borrowed is SO sh-t you can’t even watch it on a plane. It’s appalling. It’s like Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher in Killers. Like, I’d rather watch Twilight, any installment, and HAPPILY, than Something Borrowed. And I’m not sure I can forgive John Krasinski for it.

Maybe Something Borrowed was rock bottom for her. Maybe The Reluctant Fundamentalist is the start of a new Kate Hudson standard.