Gwyneth Paltrow Nabs Lead in Proof Film

News   Gwyneth Paltrow Nabs Lead in Proof Film Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow will star in the film version of Proof, David Auburn's Tony Award-winning play that is still playing New York's Walter Kerr Theatre.

Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow will star in the film version of Proof, David Auburn's Tony Award-winning play that is still playing New York's Walter Kerr Theatre.

According to the Ananova internet website, Paltrow will begin filming the movie after her run in the London production of the play ends. Paltrow begins her London engagement in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play on May 9 at the famed Donmar Warehouse. The production's official opening night is scheduled for May 15, and it will run through June 15. Joining Paltrow in the London cast are Richard Coyle, Ronald Pickup and Sara Stewart. The play's director, John Madden, will also direct the film for Miramax Films.

Harvey Weinstein, who runs Miramax Films, told London's Daily Mail: "I was so keen on this project that I bought the film rights to the play for her and John to do as soon as they have a window free after the London season is over."

Born in Sept. 1972, Gwyneth Paltrow is the daughter of film director Bruce Paltrow and veteran stage actress Blythe Danner. An Academy Award winner for her work in "Shakespeare in Love," Gwyneth Paltrow's other screen credits include "Emma," "Great Expectations," "Sliding Doors," "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Bounce." Onstage, she has been seen in various productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Proof marks her London stage debut.

Auburn's Proof opened on Broadway on Oct. 24, 2000, with a cast headed by Mary-Louise Parker, who won a Tony for her performance as the daughter of a mathematician who passed his mathematical abilities and possibly his mental illness to his daughter. The current New York company comprises Jennifer Jason Leigh, Josh Hamilton, Seana Kofoed and Patrick Tovatt.