There is nothing to get the Judy Garland fan community more fired up than the news of a biopic of their favorite rainbow diva. Well the flames have been fanned as it appears that Anne Hathaway is about to dance down the yellow brick road. Finally after several years of speculation, Harvey Weinstein himself has confirmed on The Howard Stern Show that filming will commence this summer with Anne in the lead. Though the movie is still officially listed as In Development on IMDB, he has said unequivocally he bought the source material and wants to see it filmed. We can take comfort that Hathaway has proven herself a staunch defender of the gay community, particularly her views on gay marriage and adoption. And now she will embark on playing the greatest icon the LGBT community has ever had.
Garland fans are split down the middle about whole issue of a biopic about Judy Garland. I must confess a note of personal trepidation myself. Some are thrilled at the prospect of Garland’s life as a major motion picture. There are a great many Garland enthusiasts who would rather not see any kind of film. Others have their own ideas about who should play “the world’s greatest entertainer”. Despite the fact that Miss Hathaway has been attached to the project since day one with no other candidates in the running for the coveted role of the one and only, “Miss Show Business”. In fact Weinstein confirmed this firm casting in the most recent interview saying “she sang beautifully for me and there is no need for her to audition and the part is her”. In his words “there is no testing” where Hathaway is concerned. Continue reading
Anne Hathaway is in talks to replace Reese Witherspoon in The Intern, the workplace comedy to be directed by Nancy Meyers.
Warner Bros. has the domestic rights to the project, which was a hot title at 2013’s AFM.
Robert De Niro is also starring in the project , which tells of an owner of an Internet company who gets assigned an intern who’s a retiree (De Niro). He becomes a valuable resource and the two develop a relationship.
Witherspoon was involved with the film when it was selling at AFM but left the project mid-January. Scheduling was blamed at the time.
Scott Rudin, who is producing, and Meyers then quickly zeroed in on some key names with Hathaway doing a table read with De Niro and Meyers last week that went well.
Hathaway will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and is coming off the Sundance premiere of the drama Song One.
She is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Sloane Offer.