While talking with me about her role in the upcoming drama We Own the Night, Eva Mendes spilled a little about the role she plays in Frank Miller's upcoming project Will Eisner's The Spirit. Here is what she had to say:

Eva Mendes: I just wrapped The Women, which is a comedy. It's a remake of the old George Cukor film. I play the role that Joan Crawford played in 1939. It's a great role. It's a comedy. Its fantastic. Then I'm going to start Will Eisner's The Spirit, which is being directed by Frank Miller. Which is really cool, because I have never played a femme fatale before.

Can you tell me anything else about that movie?

Eva Mendes: I'm starting that in a couple of weeks. I am really excited about that. It's a great script that Frank wrote, and we are all starting it in a couple of weeks. I don't even know what more to say about it. I play Sand Saref, and I am so excited.

Have you gone into any preproduction meetings with Frank Miller?

Eva Mendes: No. We just had a table read, and we are having a few rehearsals. I'll know more when I get there. I am so eager. I love the way the rehearsals went. Frank is really great with actors. And this will be interesting, because he told me that this was going to be like acting class. He said, "We will be shooting you on stage, and if you don't actually directly touch it, it won't exist in the shot." So, like this wall. It won't be in the shot if I don't touch it. It's going to be all CGI. It is going to be this graphic world that he creates. It should be interesting, because I have never worked like that.

So, he's kind of doing it like Sin City?

Eva Mendes: I believe that is what it's going to look like. That's his style.

Will Eisner's The Spirit opens January 16th, 2009.

B. Alan Orange