Now departed to film the new Superman film, Spacey's shoes have been filled by Adrian Lukis, who is a lack lustre substitute, missing the easygoing air, swagger and playfulness that the role of Dexter demands.
The Philadelphia Story is very much an ensemble piece and unfortunately Jennifer Ehle founders as ice maiden socialite Tracy Lords.
Affecting a spooky impersonation of Laura Linney (who was reportedly one of the first choices for the role), she gamely struggles with a rasping American accent that leaves little room for comic timing or heartfelt emotion.
On a completely unrelated note, there's a Pride and Prejudice laserdisc for sale at eBay at the moment.
[edit: because it doesn't really merit a post in itself, here's a MSNBC mini-review of The Philadelphia Story].
Jennifer Ehle, who starred alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in the 2002 film “Possession,” proves a sharp foil to Spacey as headstrong heiress Tracy Lord, the role originally written for Katharine Hepburn in the 1939 Broaday hit and 1941 movie of the same name.