Will Uma Play Ulla in "Producers" Movie?

News   Will Uma Play Ulla in "Producers" Movie? It looks likely that Golden Globe Award winner Uma Thurman will play Swedish secretary Ulla in the eagerly awaited film of Mel Brooks' The Producers.

Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman

The New York Post reports that Thurman will replace Nicole Kidman, who withdrew from the film's cast due to scheduling conflicts. A spokesperson for Kidman previously confirmed to Playbill On-Line that the actress felt she would not have enough time to rehearse the movie musical due to her shooting schedule for "Eucalyptus," which she will film on location in Australia with Russell Crowe and Geoffrey Rush. "The producers of The Producers graciously and amicably agreed to let her out [of her contract]," said Kidman's spokesperson. Kidman is currently filming "Bewitched," which wraps just before Christmas.

Uma Thurman received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in "Pulp Fiction" and a Golden Globe Award for her work in TV's "Hysterical Blindness." Her other screen credits include "Kill Bill: Vol. 1," "Kill Bill: Vol. 2," "Chelsea Walls," "Tape," "The Golden Bowl," "Vatel," "Sweet and Lowdown," "The Avengers," "Les Misérables," "Gattaca," "Batman & Robin," "Duke of Groove," "The Truth About Cats & Dogs," "Beautiful Girls," "A Month by the Lake," "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues," "Mad Dog and Glory," "Jennifer Eight," "Final Analysis," "Robin Hood," "Henry & June," "Where the Heart Is," "Dangerous Liaisons" and "Johnny Be Good."

"The Producers" is set to begin filming in February 2005 at the new Steiner Studios, located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The new facility was specially built to accommodate Hollywood-style productions.

The upcoming movie musical will co-star Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, re-creating their stage roles for the silver screen. Directed by Susan Stroman, the "Producers" cast will also include Will Ferrell as Franz Liebkind, Roger Bart as Carmen Ghia and Gary Beach as Roger De Bris.

The original 1968 "The Producers" film about a conniving producer starred Zero Mostel as producer Max Bialystock and Gene Wilder as Leo Bloom. Others in the cast included Kenneth Mars as Franz Liebkind, Renée Taylor as Eva Braun, Christopher Hewett as Roger De Bris, Lee Meredith as Ulla and Andréas Voutsinas as Carmen Giya. Mel Brooks won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay for "The Producers," and Gene Wilder was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The Broadway production of The Producers plays the St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th Street.

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