A sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire looks to be in the works, according to this report by The Hollywood Reporter, which has us asking: what's the cast been doing?
The adults are fairly obvious. For being a family comedy from the '90s, Doubtfire actually had a pretty prolific cast: Robin Williams (he's the only one attached to the sequel so far), Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, and Harvey Fierstein all had and have successful careers. It's the kids, though, who've seen their days come and go.
Such are the tribulations of child actors. The three Hillard children all had at least one major role after Mrs. Doubtfire launched (or propelled, at least) their acting careers, but have since the '90s things have been bleak, their IMDB credits whithered, either in quantity or quality.
Which means they're all probably up for a sequel right? Nothing better to do, you know? Uh...
Let's just get this out of the way: Wilson, who played the youngest in Doubtfire, is in no way game for a sequel.
For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) April 17, 2014
Wilson has some thoughts on the idea of sequels (they "generally suck") and thinks a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel in particular is unnecessary. So her enthusiasm to reprise the role of Natalie is not high. But the main reason she's not interested:
They haven't asked me to be in it, and I think it would be weird if they did! I don't act much and am not a cute little kid anymore.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) April 17, 2014
She's not really an actor anymore. Wilson was in a couple of minor things the past few years, but before 2011 she hadn't acted in anything since 2000. She's mainly a writer now, and seeing as Fox has already nabbed the Elf scribe to write Doubtfire 2, it's doubtful Wilson has anything to do with the project. But boy, did she have quite the few years after the first film: Wilson followed Doubtfire with the Miracle on 34th Street remake and Matilda – two premiere roles for a female child star. Maybe she figured she should quit while she was ahead.