The remake of My Fair Lady is one of those projects that has attracted rumours like dodgy old meat attracts flies. Possible stars (Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley) have been rumoured and even attached, but no one has stuck. Now, Emma Thompson claims that her An Education co-star Carey Mulligan will take on the leading role of Eliza Doolittle.
Since Thompson wrote the new version of the musical, she’s more likely to know than some tenuously connected source, and she was talking to BBC, which means it wasn’t some second hand whisper.
Still, there’s no official confirmation about Mulligan being taught to be a proper lady by Professor Henry Higgins (no one has signed to that role either, though Thompson thinks Hugh Grant would be perfect).
With John Madden likely directing, word that the production may finally have locked in an Eliza means it should start shooting later this year. Wouldn’t that be luverly?