Carey Mulligan to Play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady Remake

March 25, 2010
Source: BBC

Carey Mulligan

Late last year, the long gestating new adaptation of the 1956 Broadway musical My Fair Lady got a new director in John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). The most recent attempt at getting it off the ground had Keira Knightley stepping into the shoes once filled by Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 film adaptation of the musical, however BBC News recently caught up with Emma Thompson, who wrote the script for the remake, and she revealed that the lovely and charming Carey Mulligan will be taking on the role of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins so that she can pass as a lady.

Though I'm not necessarily convinced this is a necessary remake, Mulligan's involvement has won me over, and I cant wait to see how it turns out. I may have a bit of a schoolboy crush (call me!) on the British actress, but there's no doubt she's a talented actress with many deserving awards nominations and even a few wins for her brilliant and genuine performance in An Education (go see it if you haven't yet). Now the biggest role that remains to be cast is that of Henry Higgins, but Thompson mentions that she would love to see Hugh Grant take on the role. Honestly, those two casting decisions alone would have me anticipating this musical quite a damn bit. They're hoping to start production later this year, so stay tuned for more casting updates!

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  • DiR3cT
    Oh Carey what have you done..
  • JAY
    This sounds Great!! I am big fan of the original but I do feel the original has not aged well and is very dated so this is one remake that is needed. Could have a great cast even though I would rather see them cast a real musical actor like Anthony Warlow as Higgins as opposed to Hugh Grant.
  • Dan
    Here comes another shitty remake, I don't care who's on the picture, remakes are all shit!
  • N
    There is something about Carey Mulligan that annoys me. Don't know why, she hasn't really done anything to make me hate her, but it's like Keira Kinghtley, you just do.
  • ellen
    Audrey Hepburn! Mulligan is ugly!!!!!!!!!! give up!
  • tir na nog
    To 4, Dan if you dont like remakes dont watch it! most stories are re-hashes of basic themes anyway.In this case add a few songs,period location. Personally I'm not looking forward to it,but a lot of people will be.Mulligan actually is English and a better actress then Hepburn,though may not quiet have the film star appeal she had. And Day-Lewis has been given first refusal on the part of Higgens,so thats a good reason to watch it for me,if he accepts.
  • OutofNormal
    Thank God Knightly is out of it. I still don't think they need to make a remake, but it won't suck as badly with Mulligan in it.
  • Daniel
    This should be interesting- assuming they're faithful to the masters behind the masterpiece-Lerner, Lowe and Shaw it has potential. Carey Mulligan, assuming she can do her own singing will shine. Hugh Grant (yuck) not possible. Personally I'm hoping Julie Andrews will get a cameo as Mrs Higgins...come on she deserves it and hell give her a duet with eliza of 'I could have danced all night' how perfect. By the way what are the bets Higgins and Eliza hook up at the end? I shudder to think of it but look forward to seeing the movie...
  • Thomas Sundby
    How bad that Keira Knightley, Daniel Day-Lewis ... have lost some fans. Those who appear in the mfl remake comments seem to have strong feelings of actors - maybe even of their private life. As actors they are all great and certainly still future Oscar candidates. To be objective is a challenge for everyone - specially a director. . Who was nothing but fan of Catherine Hepburn - maybe the greatest female actor of all times. Keira Knightley as Eliza Doolittle will have exactly the right amount of integrity to give the role the right dynamic. Hopefully I`ll be right and she will reconsider - maybe with a script renewed. The script can never be good enough - and I feel there is still time to look it over. Emma Thomson, if I spell her name right , could probably get some help from Tim Rice, if she asks.
  • mollie
    love it! carey mulligan as eliza doolittle? yes, please! she's perfect. but if they cast hugh grant as henry higgins, it'll be ruined for me. the creepy a**hole. what about gary oldman? kenneth brannaugh? colin firth? or alan rickman? too old? it is supposed to be may-december. what about jeremy northam? i think that may be my vote. there are so many brit actors FAR more talanted than hugh grant.
  • hans thomas sundby
    Seams to me - more and more clear- that Emma Thompson has too firm a grip on the mfl remake. Fully agree that Hugh Grant and even Hugh Laurie - only can ruin any chance for success;- even with the best script anyone could make. With Emma Thompson`s obviously too firm hands on the wheel I get more and more skeptical. We need no more splendid directors and actors to pull out - for reasons we can not see!-...." Show me - Emma - show me now! " Get some proper help. With a Tim Rice added script the new movie should be possibly far better than the old for that reason alone! The old movie got 8 oscars - the new can can get more - every living soul wants to learn to " speak" - or did i say communicate. So find the right words - and make life easier.
  • Henry Higgins
    Dear Eliza - if you hear this - at this moment - there is no need for you to add or spell - just try to do something with your " script " - please!




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