Today in casting news: A rumor about Meryl Streep has us concerned, the American Broadchurch adaptation fills out its cast promisingly, and new work for Kate Walsh.
We should definitely take this with a grain of salt, but there is a report that Meryl Streep may be playing Britain's Got Talent curio turned legit recording artist Susan Boyle in a movie based on her life. You remember Susan Boyle, the humble-looking lady who busted out a big "I Dreamed a Dream" in her BGT audition in 2009, shocking the world because oh my god a normal-looking person can sing?? Supposedly there is going to be a movie about her (much like there's the Paul Potts movie with James Corden) and Meryl, though a decade and a half older than Boyle was when she went on the show, may be playing her. That's what Boyle says at least, so, again, we may need to be a little skeptical. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Glenn Close, who have both won Tony awards for performing in musicals, have also been mentioned. Boyle said she doesn't want to play herself, as was originally the plan. So who knows! Would Streep work? I'm sure there are plenty among us who would say that she works for everything, she can do any role, but I'd say.... Eh. I dunno. Just because she might work for everything doesn't mean she has to play everything. And Susan Boyle would just be another bit of mimicry, wouldn't it? I say no to this. No to this entirely. Sorry. [The Independent]
Interesting. The American version of the British murder mystery series Broadchurch, which will be called Gracepoint, is rounding out its cast and they've landed on two strong actresses. Anna Gunn will play the series's ostensible second lead, Detective Ellie Miller, played by the wonderful Olivia Colman in the original series. Meanwhile, Jacki Weaver will play the mysterious Susan Wright, who knows more about the show's central murder than she lets on. That is good casting! And hopefully bodes well for the series as a whole. That the series is going to be on Fox has me nervous, but it is the same creative team (plus David Tennant) doing the adaptation, so... Maybe it won't stink? Nah, it's gonna stink. [Deadline]