You remember Mara Wilson, don’t you? She was the red-headed, pint-sized wonder that captivated the nation and became the very definition of Child Star. Her big screen success started when she played Natalie Hillard in the iconic comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), which spent six weeks at the top spot in theaters. She followed this endeavor by playing Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Anabel in A Simple Wish (1997) and Lily in Thomas and the Magical Railroad (2000). Let me not forget to mention her title role in Matilda (1996), which is constantly replayed on television to this very day and was even reenacted by the original cast and crew in 2017.
At the age of 13, in the year 2000, Mara Wilson retired from Hollywood to live her life as a normal girl. She still pursued the arts, working and studying diligently as a columnist and playwright, and graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 2005 and New York University in 2009. Now an opinionated young adult, Mara made no question as to why she left big blockbusters behind – saying on numerous occasions that she simply grew tired of the industry. After working as a content creator for YouTube, the acting bug bit her again… and get this, Ms. Wilson is acting again!
Not as much as it would seem, and not as much as anyone wants, but she has a few new credits to her name outside the realm of YouTube. She appeared in the comedy short film Missed Connection in 2011 and made her television return as a waitress in an episode of “Broad City” on Comedy Central in 2016. She lent her voice to “BoJack Horseman” in 2016 and currently lends her voice to “Big Hero 6: The Series” on Disney Channel. With all of these accomplishments to her resume, there’s still one genre Mara has yet to tackle. Oh, yes. I’m talking about a horror.
I was thinking – how awesome would it be to see Mara Wilson in a horror film? Sure, a Carrie remake just hit theaters in 2013, but due to her telekinetic fame in Matilda, how boss would it be to see her in an even darker version of the Stephen King tale? Or why not give us a third movie in the franchise, a film like The Rage: Carrie 2, which sees another woman dealing with her powers. Honestly, in a political climate much like the one we live in today, this wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Or how about a Firestarter remake? Anything, really will do.
Or, honestly, a bit part in any horror film would do. Whether she’s playing a waitress at a diner again, a security guard at a haunted attraction, a nurse turning up to the scene of the crime or the friend who dies midway through the movie, there’s a number of gigs she could pursue in horror that wouldn’t eat up too much of her time. Of course, this is all just me being a major fan of Mara’s and hoping to see her in my favorite genre one day, but I don’t think I can count on any of these scenarios happening anytime soon!
Would you like to see Mara Wilson in a horror film? Comment and let me know!