A source told London's The Sun, "The film is full steam ahead now the leading role is sorted. It was always going to be a tricky one to cast...SuBo's incredible story is so well-known across the planet that the film is bound to go down a storm." No official announcement about the film has been made.
Close, an Emmy winner for her work on "Damages," won her three Tonys for her performances in Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden and The Real Thing. The actress, known for such movies as "Fatal Attraction," "Dangerous Liaisons," and the Mel Gibson "Hamlet," also appeared onstage in The Play What I Wrote, Benefactors, The Crucifer of Blood, Rex and Barnum — for which she earned her first Tony nomination. She starred in TV versions of South Pacific (opposite Harry Connick, Jr. in 2001) and The Lion in Winter (with Patrick Stewart in 2003).
Boyle's initial performance on "Britain's Got Talent" became a worldwide YouTube hit, as did her performance of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" on "America's Got Talent." Her albums include "I Dreamed a Dream" and the recent "The Gift."