According to the Daily Mail, another British superstar named Emma could be joining the cast of Disney’s new live-action version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Emma Thompson is in negotiations to play ‘Mrs. Potts’ opposite Emma Watson as ‘Belle’.
Read the original report here.
The film is directed by Bill Condon and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Production is anticipated to begin later this year.
Last year, Thompson played ‘Mrs. Lovett’ in the New York Philharmonic’s concert production of SWEENEY TODD at Lincoln Centre’s Avery Fisher Hall; she will reprise the role with the English National Opera this spring. The actress has also appeared in the West End and on Broadway in ME AND MY GIRL.
Looking ahead to the 2015 spring theatre season in London and the U.K., theatregoers will see the first production of Gypsy in more than 40 years while Emma Thompson serves up the worst pies in London and Carole King comes to the West End along with Bend It Like Beckham, The Grand Tour and The Hard Problem.
On the musicals front, there’s a new, entirely revised version of the 2010 Broadway musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the first London production in over 40 years of Gypsy (transferring by way of Chichester), the West End bow of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and a new production of Cole Porter’s High Society, directed by Maria Friedman, plus Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson reprising their New York performances in Sweeney Todd at the London Coliseum, inaugurating a new long-term partnership that producers GradeLinnit are forging with the home of English National Opera to present musicals there.
Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky’s New York-based Adopt Films has acquired Effie Gray, the period drama penned by Emma Thompson. Dakota Fanning stars as the eponymous character in the biopic of the 19th century Scotswoman who married critic and author John Ruskin as a teenager only to see their six-year relationship finally annulled with Gray still a virgin. She later wed celebrated pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. For Millais, Gray bore eight children and became his muse (along with her younger sister Sophie).
Working with him was like going to an eclectic, unorthodox, and highly original university. We would all get to wander about in the corridors and high ceilings of his mind—for free, mind you—each making different discoveries according to our tastes and aptitudes. Then, later, we would find that those discoveries applied to the rest of our lives.
It was also like being at some party where the drinks were always excellent and everyone who ever said anything worth hearing was either present or being accurately quoted.
A big update to the Everything Emma Thompson Gallery with all the missing photos from 2014.
Everything Emma Thompson Gallery > Events > 06-11: Walking On Sunshine – UK Premiere
Everything Emma Thompson Gallery > Events > 09-11: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Photocall
Everything Emma Thompson Gallery > Events > 09-20: BAFTA’s Screenwriter Lecture Series
Everything Emma Thompson Gallery > Events > 10-02: Emma Thompson Signs Copies Of “The Spectacular Tale Of Peter Rabbit”
Everything Emma Thompson Gallery > Events > 10-06: Estee Lauder: Hear Our Stories, Share Yours