Thursday, June 5, 2008

Two Times for Lady

The classic movie musical My Fair Lady, which won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1964, will be remade.

Co-produced by London stage icon Cameron Mackintosh, plans are underway for the new version to be filmed on location and with a script that will incorporate more of George Bernard Shaw's original play, Pygmalion. Reportedly, this will allow for more insight into the character of Eliza Doolittle, possibly to counter the misogynistic tone of the Lerner and Loewe original for modern movie audiences.

No director or casting has been announced, although co-producer Duncan Kenworthy states that they are "currently in discussion with a major international star to play the role" of Eliza. Any thoughts on who could play the new Eliza? (Catherine Zeta Jones?) And how about Henry Higgins? (Hugh Jackman?)

UPDATE: The "major international star" in question is ... Keira Knightley. But can she sing? OK, sure, that didn't stop Audrey Hepburn ...

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