Each week at InStyle, we celebrate the women who are striving, thriving and being totally badass in the process. The women who are nailing it, owning it and being the bosses of their own lives. This week we welcome back the bewitching Michelle Pfeiffer, who – after a self- imposed exile from Hollywood – is about to launch a major return to the big screen…
When you think of Michelle Pfeiffer which roles spring to mind? In the InStyle office it's a mixture of What Lies Beneath (chilling horror film with Harrison Ford), One Fine Day (romantic comedy with George Clooney at the height of his hotness) and Dangerous Minds (if you don't know the film, you'll definitely know the soundtrack, Gangsta's Paradise). All classics. All iconic nineties moments.
Well, Michelle Pfeiffer is on the verge of a comeback even more miraculous than Britney Spears circa 2007 – and we are dancing around the office at the mere thought of seeing those bewitching blue eyes back on our screens. Now 59-years-old and looking as beautiful as we remember, Ms. Pfeiffer stars in a handful of films all set to be released this year.
The last film you probably saw Michelle in was in modern fairytale, Stardust, in 2007. Can't remember? It was basically a launch pad for the Take That song, Rule The World. Michelle gave a scene-stealing performance as an ageing witch opposite Clare Danes, Sienna Miller and Robert De Niro.
As for the rest of her back catalogue, it's as lengthy as it is iconic; balancing Oscar-nominated performances in Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Love Field alongside blockbuster performances as Catwoman in Batman Returns and The Witches of Eastwick. Her monopoly of late 1980s and 1990s cinema came to an abrupt end as the actress dropped off the radar due to a self imposed exile.
“I’ve never lost my love for acting,” Pfeiffer explained to Interview Magazine about her removal from Hollywood. “I’m a more balanced person, honestly, when I’m working. But I was pretty careful about where I shot, how long I was away, whether or not it worked out with the kids’ schedule. And I got so picky that I was unhireable. And then … I disappeared.”
But, now, Michelle is back with four major roles about to be unleashed on a largely unsuspecting world – including playing an iconic Marvel character in Ant-Man and The Wasp – prepare for an equally meteoritic rise back to the top of her game. Here are the Michelle Pfeiffer films you need to pre-book for NOW…
Michelle Pfeiffer and Jennifer Lawrence In Mother!
Could there be a dreamier duo? The icon of our generation, J Law, acting alongside our eternal beauty/style/sass-piration, Michey-P (we are still working on the 2017 nickname for the star… BRB!) is the stuff casting dreams are made of. Mother! is a psychological horror directed by Black Swan’s Darren Aronofsky (also the husband of Natalie Portman FYI). In a teaser, Jennifer looks scared AF (to summarise) in a film where “a couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.” Michelle’s role in the film is yet to be revealed but if the trailer is anything to go by we can expect a retrograde What Lies Beneath vibe. Our hearts are pumping already…
Release Date: 15th September 2017
Michelle Pfeiffer In Murder On The Orient Express
Set in the flapper era of the 1920s, Michelle plays ‘The Widow’ in Kenneth Branagh’s reimagining of the Hercule Poirot tale, Murder on the Orient Express. The icons don’t stop there: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench and Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley round off the star-studded class. Get your magnifying glass out, your notebook poised for notes and get ready to solve a very complicated murder mystery.
Release Date: 3rd November 2017
Michelle Pfeiffer in HBO’s The Wizard of Lies
Returning to TV for the first time in decades, Michelle reprises her onscreen partnership with Robert De Niro in this TV movie. Centering on a fraud in Wall Street, Michelle plays the wife - and unknowing assailant - of her fraudster stockbroker husband. Based on the true tale of Bernie Madoff, the role has garnered Michelle’s first EVER Emmy nomination. Naturally we are praying for a MAJOR red carpet come back at the Emmy award ceremony in September.
Release Date: Streaming Now On HBO
Michelle Pfeiffer in Ant-Man and The Wasp
It was revealed just last week at the Comic Con convention in San Diego that Michelle would be returning to action movies, starring alongside Paul Rudd in the Ant-Man sequel. Playing the integral role of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne and wife of Michelle Douglas’s Hank Pym, the Marvel whizzes are calling this an integral role to the entire franchise. Strap yourselves IN!
Release Date: TBC In 2018
Welcome back Michelle, we have missed you…