"I Think She's Got It!": Thompson States Mulligan Is Set for "My Fair Lady" Film

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25 Mar 2010

Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan
Stage and screen actress Carey Mulligan, who last appeared on Broadway in the 2008 production of The Seagull, is set to play flower seller Eliza Doolittle in the new screen adaptation of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady.

Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson, who is penning the screenplay for the musical remake, told BBC news "I think Carey is set to play it, yes."

The role of Henry Higgins remains to be cast, but Thompson also said that Hugh Grant is a candidate. "I love Hugh so I'd love him to do it, he might want to, he might not want to, so we don't know yet. But hopefully we'll make it later this year."

Actress Keira Knightley had previously been reported to star in the film, but the deal was never finalized. "Shakespeare in Love" director John Madden has been in talks to helm the project.

Cameron Mackintosh and Duncan Kenworthy are producing the film that is aiming to shoot locations throughout London to give the film an authentic feel.



According to a previous statement, producers hope to "dramatize as believably as possible for present-day audiences the emotional highs and lows of Eliza Doolittle as she undergoes the ultimate makeover, transforming under the tutelage of Professor Henry Higgins from a Cockney flower girl to a lady."

My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and features a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The original Broadway production opened on March 15, 1956, ran for over six years and won nine Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. The score contains such Broadway classics as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "Get Me to the Church on Time."

The musical was adapted for the screen in 1963, directed by George Cukor, and cast Audrey Hepburn as Eliza and Rex Harrison as Higgins. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.