The Victorian Era took place in the late 19th Century, a legendary time that involved ultra-public conservative behavior, but as literature of the time has since revealed, both typical and atypical sexual behavior continued behind closed doors. In fact, it seems to be a common revelation that the stifling social rules of the day fueled the fires of sequestered passion…
Today, the sexy secrets of the 1890’s can be plastered on giant screens around the world, multiplex to the next, exposing tender and even dangerous affairs of the heart for all to see. And what better way to get the masses curio than to tell a Victorian tale of lust with lovers played by none other than Beyonce Knowles and Eva Longoria.
Sofia Coppola is looking to bring the Sarah Waters novel "Tipping the Velvet" to life as a film, and Beyonce and Eva have received offers to play the main characters, says Eva in the Daily Star: "Yes it's true, we're talking about doing that... it's such a wonderful novel, a beautiful love story."
Beyonce adds,"We've had “Brokeback Mountain” so the time is right for this divine novel to get the same treatment.”
Knowles, currently starring in "Dream Girls," has been offered the role of Kitty Butler, a male impersonator at a local music hall, while Longoria, would play Nancy Astley, the woman who becomes Kitty's lesbian lover and later dabbles in prostitution.. The term “tipping the velvet” is Victorian slang for an act of oral sexuality assumed to take place between female lovers. An earlier BBC-TV version caused outrage in Britain due to graphic love scenes that included sex toys.
While one might wonder how Beyonce, who has demonstrated a more mainstream career path in past work would be interested in something so risque, Longoria has already made her name as a sexy and 'Desperate Housewife’, and is fond of the project. Meanwhile Coppola, who directed Virgin Suicides and the Oscar-winning Lost in Translation, is yet to get the green light to make the movie, but it’s hard to imagine Hollywood letting this one get away.