Casting Call
Five Actors Who Should Join the "Deadwood" Movie

Firefilm | 27 Jan 2016 15:00
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead by Gage Skidmore

5. Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Elaine Goodale

Elaine Goodale was a young woman so willing to educate the disenfranchised Sioux in the Dakota lands that she toured the entire span of the tribe trying to spread the English language and other traditional white schooling. The intent behind this is highly debatable, but the act itself was quite important to the fluid political landscape at the time. When the Dakotas were up for statehood, it was a rather unattractive setting with the gold mines drying up and estimates of seventy-five percent of the land being claimed by the Sioux and other tribes. So, the gentrification of the native people may have been seen as a strategy to assert dominance over the land before statehood. Regardless, Goodale was considered an ambassador between the tribes she taught and the government, dubbing herself the "Sister to the Sioux."

Winstead, best known as the ethereal Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, has shown in various action roles a determination that matches Goodale's as well as a waifish innocence that would make her stand out from the omnipresent corruption and mud and sweat and animosity that "Deadwood" has cultivated. While playing Flowers she pulled off the duality of the oft-labeled Manic Pixie Dream Girl with a weary sarcasm that the character construct can't normally maintain, and in the 2011 remake/prequel/whatever of The Thing there was the requisite fear and adrenaline in her performance, but also a brooding awareness instead of all-out panic in her voice.

All this could be her bag of tricks as Goodale. Much like Pinkerton agent Miss Isringhausen before her, there would be a constant shifting of her mannerisms and bearing until her adversaries and allies would wonder if any of her educating madonna persona was real, or if she serves someone else's agenda.

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