Golden Globe-winning actor Gillian Anderson (The Fall, The X-Files) has signed on to star as Margo Channing in the Ivo van Hove-helmed stage adaptation of All About Eve in London, according to journalist Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail.
Last seen on the London stage as Blanche DuBois in the Young Vic revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, she replaces the previously tapped Cate Blanchett, who withdrew from the production earlier this year due to a scheduling conflict.
Joining Anderson as Eve Harrington will be Cinderella star Lily James, soon to be seen as a young Meryl Streep in the upcoming film sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Performances will reportedly begin in February 2019 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London. Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions are attached.
The Oscar-winning 1950 film All About Eve was written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the short story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr. The movie starred Bette Davis as Channing, the prominent yet aging Broadway star, and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing's life.
The film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture.