Donna Murphy Signs on for Live-Action Anastasia Movie

Film & TV News   Donna Murphy Signs on for Live-Action Anastasia Movie
The fate of the fabled Russian princess inspires a new film set in both 1917 and 1988.
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Two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy has joined the cast of the upcoming film Anastasia, which takes an updated departure from the classic fable inspired by Russia’s Imperial Romanov family.

The project is unrelated to the 1997 Fox animated film and the current Broadway musical it inspired.

Murphy, who took on the title role in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! for select performances during Bette Midler's run, will play Yara the Enchantress—a new character created for the film, Deadline reports. The cast also features Emily Carey as Anastasia, with Amiah Miller as the American girl she befriends, Brandon Routh as Tsar Nicolas, and Joy Koy as Vladimir Lenin.

For the new family-friendly feature, director Blake Harris and screenwriter Armando Gutierrez imagine a world in which Anastasia Romanov escapes through a portal as her family comes under attack, finding herself in 1988 where she is befriended by a young American girl.

Filming is currently underway.

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