19 Feb 2011
Tony and Emmy winner Glenn Close will reportedly play Susan Boyle, the singer who became a worldwide phenomenon following her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" during an audition for "Britain's Got Talent," in a film about Boyle's life.
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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.