Alan Cumming Joins Starry Cast of "Nicholas Nickleby" Film

News   Alan Cumming Joins Starry Cast of "Nicholas Nickleby" Film Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, who starred in the April 22 Carnegie Hall tribute to Billie Holliday, has joined the cast of the upcoming film of "Nicholas Nickleby," based on the famed Charles Dickens novel.

Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, who starred in the April 22 Carnegie Hall tribute to Billie Holliday, has joined the cast of the upcoming film of "Nicholas Nickleby," based on the famed Charles Dickens novel.

Cumming, Variety reports, joined the star-studded cast after the completion of his NBC pilot, "Zero Effect," and his novel for ReganBooks/HarperCollins, "Tommy's Tale."

The film of "[The Life and Adventures of] Nicholas Nickleby," which was also turned into a Tony-winning play, will be directed by Douglas McGrath, who has also written the screenplay. The cast currently comprises Charlie Hunnam in the title role as well as Jamie Bell, Nathan Lane, Christopher Plummer, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson, Anne Hathaway, Heather Goldenhersh, Barry Humphries and Juliet Stevenson.

Alan Cumming made his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Cabaret — a role he created at London's Donmar Warehouse — and received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He was last on The Great White Way opposite Jennifer Ehle and Dominic West in a revival of Noël Coward's Design for Living. The Scottish actor who trained at the Royal Scottish Academy also has numerous London theatrical credits including a starring role in the Royal National Theatre's production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist for which he won an Olivier Award. In the past few years Cumming has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Tom Cruise's Eyes Wide Shut, director Julie Taymor's feature-film debut Titus, the blockbuster Spy Kids and the Spice Girls flick, Spice World.

An actor, writer and director, Douglas' previous directorial credits include 1996's "Emma," which starred Gwyneth Paltrow; and the 2000 comedy in which he also co-starred, "Company Man." Cumming appeared in both "Emma" and "Company Man." Set in nineteenth-century England, Dickens' work concerns the life of the young Nicholas Nickleby who flees — along with the persecuted Smike — his job teaching in a horrible school to join an acting troupe.

—By Andrew Gans