Martine McCutcheon Sets Sights on Being a Screen Doll

News   Martine McCutcheon Sets Sights on Being a Screen Doll Casting rumours continue for Miramax’s planned movie of Guys and Dolls. Nicole Kidman was once thought to be a front-runner for the role of Sarah, “the Missionary doll.” A new name in the frame, though, is Martine McCutcheon, the erstwhile English actress who starred in Trevor Nunn’s London production of My Fair Lady.

McCutcheon won an Olivier Award for that interpretation, amidst controversy that she didn’t in fact appear to sing at many performances, citing illness. However, McCutcheon’s international profile has risen lately thanks to her turn as the object of Hugh Grant’s affections in the film “Love, Actually.” According to the Daily Mail newspaper, the actress has caught the eye of Miramax producer Neil Meron (one of the men behind the “Chicago” movie). The two have met, though talks are still at a very early stage, and no offer has yet been made (neither is it known which part she’s chasing, Sarah or the long-affianced Miss Adelaide). “We’ve chatted and Neil’s got copies of my albums and he says he likes my voice, so we’ll see what happens,” McCutcheon told the newspaper, adding, “I love the story of Guys and Dolls and I know every single one of the songs and they’re great.”

In the 1955 movie version of the musical, it was Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine in the parts of Sarah and Adelaide. Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando played Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson. Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed.