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07 June 2008 @ 05:47 pm

ETA: Oh, for the love of--what did I do to you people?
Current Mood: anxiouswhy why why
La Reine Noire: Crystal Balllareinenoire on June 8th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
My only question is -- can she sing?

If she can't sing, they have absolutely no business casting her as Eliza Doolittle. That, and it's one of my dream roles, so if she gets it and they get someone lip-synching, I will be utterly furious. Yes, I know Audrey Hepburn did it, but she's Audrey Hepburn and she can get away with it.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on June 8th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Well, exactly--KK is no Audrey Hepburn. And the lip-synching thing has already been done, so if they're trying to make a case for why there needs to be another movie version, the lead actress really needs to be able to bring something new, like being able to sing really well.
La Reine Noire: Crystal Balllareinenoire on June 8th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, precisely. I happen to love the AH version, but that's mainly because I grew up with it and the costumes are a dream. A new one really needs some justification.
tempestsarekind: history boys oxfordtempestsarekind on June 8th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
According to the piece I read, the justification appeared to be "we can film on location!" Which, as much as I love London...not really enough, there.
La Reine Noire: Crystal Balllareinenoire on June 9th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
Hrm. I guess filming on location is something (maybe they want to tie it in with the London Olympics as a marketing thing?), but that's still insufficient reason to cast a leading lady who either can't sing or hasn't been properly trained. That was a huge problem I had with Phantom of the Opera, which was incredibly pretty but had a leading man who hadn't been properly trained. Which is a huge problem when he's the bloody Opera Ghost.

I have nothing against Keira Knightley, as it were. It just so happens that there are loads of other actresses in England, a number of which are better qualified than her to play Eliza Doolittle. That, and it may be sour grapes since Eliza is a role I've wanted to play since I was about three. ;)

I wonder if there are going to be a number of films shot in London for aforementioned marketing reasons. It wouldn't surprise me.
tempestsarekind: martha londontempestsarekind on June 9th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
If it's just for marketing reasons, they could just show Wimbledon over and over again; it maybe had a plot, but all I remember is summery London and Paul Bettany. :)

I think you are perfectly entitled to sour grapes in this case--it is a *musical*, after all, so musical training should be high on the list of attributes.