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Zooey Deschanel May Be The Enchantress of Numbers


Zooey Deschanel May Be The Enchantress of Numbers

Everyone knows Zooey Deschanel … for supporting roles. It all started in Almost Famous in which Deschanel played an aspiring rock writer’s rebellious older sister and from there transitioned into portraying Jovie, Buddy the Elf’s love interest, Sarah Jessica Parker’s go-to gal in Failure to Launch, Mark Wahlberg’s source of comfort in The Happening and more. Yes, some may consider the role of Summer in (500) Days of Summer a primary one, but who can deny that that movie truly belonged to Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Clearly Deschanel has earned her chance to take the lead and, according to Production Weekly, that time has come.

Deschanel is in negotiations to play Ada Lovelace in Enchantress of Numbers. Ada who? A quick Google search reveals that Ada Lovelace was an English writer in the nineteenth century. But I’m not talking novels or poetry; Lovelace was well know for her work on the analytical engine, a very early computer. In fact, a portion of her notes on the device are widely recognized as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine, ultimately earning her the title of the world’s first computer programmer.

Now this is an interesting spin on the typical period piece. Lovelace was the only child of Lord Byron and eventually married Earl of Lovelace making her a countess and justifying an elaborate wardrobe, however, Enchantress of Numbers should deviate significantly from the lot. Rather than have romantic gripes or political troubles at the core of this film, we’re getting a woman who Charles Babbage, the originator of the concept of the programmable computer, dubbed “The Enchantress of Numbers.”

Between finally getting the opportunity to see Deschanel headline, in a non-quirky role nonetheless, and having the subject matter be a machine the modern world is so deeply dependent on, Enchantress of Numbers is costume drama bound to attract an unlikely crowd. Bruce Beresford will get behind the lens when filming commences in the fall.

By Perri Nemiroff

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Film producer and director best known for her work in movies such as FaceTime, Trevor, and The Professor. She has worked as an online movie blogger and reporter for sites such as,, Shockya, and MTV's Movies Blog.



  1. Betty Alexandra Toole

    April 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    As the Author of Ada, The Enchantress of Number I am fascinated by your news and wonder what will come of it. Yes, Zooey does look like a possible Ada.

  2. Perri Nemiroff

    April 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Betty – Thought you might like to check this out. I just posted another article about the film’s newest cast members ( I’d love to hear your take on this as the project develops!

  3. Rusty Ring Thelin

    April 21, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Having just co-produced a workshop presentation of the Ada Lovelace musical “Futurity” (which sold out it’s New York run, I’m excited to say), I am curious and intrigued by the possibilities of a screenplay concerning Ada’s life. Betty Toole’s book was an incredibly helpful reference for our project, and we are continuing to develop Futurity over the next couple of years. Hopefully the two projects will together feed the ever growing interest in this most delightful Enchantress of Numbers.

  4. Ku Shin

    May 10, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Finally, I’ll get to see one of my favorite actors for more than a minute or two at a time! (And in a great role, too.)

  5. Tink2010

    May 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    the best role she ever played wasnt even listed and she WAS the star. Ever watch TIN MAN?? a unique sci-fi twist on Wizard of Oz.

  6. ripplecutbuddha

    June 19, 2010 at 12:26 am

    one cannot also forget her excellent performance in The Hitchhiker’s Guide….one of my all-time favorite sci-fi storylines.

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