From Top: Kevin Kline, as Cole Porter, in a rehearsal for the song "Night and Day," Sheryl Crow sings "Begin the Beguine," and Ashley Judd, as Linda Porter, and Kevin Kline, at the opening night of Porter's musical Paris
Two stars who tread the boards of Broadway this season, Kevin Kline (Henry IV) and Ashley Judd (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), will bring the life of legendary songwriter Cole Porter to the screen this summer in MGM's "De-lovely."
The film, with a screenplay by "Gangs of New York" scribe Jay Cocks and direction by Irwin Winkler, will provide a panaromic view of the prolific American songwriter who died in 1964. Porter is considered of the great wits of 20th century theatre songs, penning music and lyrics to classic tunes including "C'est Magnifique," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "Night and Day" and "It's De-lovely", from which the film gets its title.
At left and below are recently released stills from the film, which is scheduled to premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival on May 22, followed by limited release in the United States on June 25. The film also stars stage veteran Jonathan Pryce.
Cinematography is by Tony Pierce-Roberts.
Kevin Kline and company sing "Be a Clown" on the MGM backlot