Famous scientists around the world have begun mysteriously disappearing, and Chronicle reporter Polly Perkins, along with ace aviator Sky Captain, are on the case, risking their lives as they travel the globe in search of the mastermind behind a plot to destroy the planet. Can the fearless duo stop the evil Dr. Totenkopf in time?
Such is the quandary of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, a partly computerized, 1930s-style adventure/romance due out in September starring Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, and Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow as the intrepid Polly Perkins.
Paltrow, for one, has experience traveling the globe. When she was 15, she flew to Spain as an exchange student from Spence, a private girl's school in Manhattan. Having always had a "burning desire to go to Spain," she landed in Madrid, then took a bus a half hour south to a tiny village called Talavera de la Reina, where she lived for a month with a pig farmer and his family. At first, she was homesick and unable to understand what anyone was saying. "But a week later," she says, "I could speak Spanish, and never wanted to leave."
The daughter of stage and screen actress Blythe Danner and late TV and movie producer Bruce Paltrow, and the goddaughter of Steven Spielberg, Paltrow first appeared onscreen in Spielberg's Hook in 1991. Eight years later, she took home the Best Actress statuette for Shakespeare in Love, followed by roles in The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Royal Tenenbaums, Sylvia, and, now, Sky Captain. Offstage, the 31-year-old actress lives in London with husband Chris Martin, frontman for the band Coldplay, where the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin, on May 14. We think it's safe to say Paltrow's daughter won't be 15 before having her passport stamped in Spain.