Actress Emma Thompson Aboard 'My Fair Lady' as Writer

July 18, 2008 06:48:33 GMT

The actress who depicted Hogwarts' professor of Divination in 'Harry Potter' series has been tapped to pen the script of 'My Fair Lady' remake.

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The awards-winning British actress Emma Thompson is going to add another feature film to her writing resume. The "Nanny McPhee" star has been touted to write the script of a drama musical remake "My Fair Lady".

Having won an Academy Award for her screenplay in 1995 Jane Austen's novel adaptation "Sense and Sensibility", this job of scripting the George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion musical should not be a hard work for the depicter of Professor Sybill Trelawney in "Harry Potter" franchise. But, she admits to Parade magazine recently that the script won't be finished soon.

Giving a reason for the matter, the 49-year-old confessed that she doesn't use any word processor in doing the job. "I'm a Luddite, and I write longhand with an old fountain pen," so claimed the co-star of Will Ferrell in "Stranger than Fiction".

"My Fair Lady" is said to be a reboot of the 1964 musical movie of the same name starring Audrey Hepburn. It tells the story of a Cockney flower girl turned socialite named Eliza Doolittle. The Columbia Pictures' movie reportedly has acclaimed starlet Keira Knightley attached to the lead character. To be produced by Duncan Kenworthy and Cameron Mackintosh, it is slated for 2010 release.


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posted by Laura on Aug 10, 2010
Why does hollywood always redo and not create more originals - leave the classics alone!
posted by Spamboy on Mar 29, 2009
Henry Higgins - Hugh Laurie!
posted by t on Feb 07, 2009
keira knightley does not deserve this role. I hope Julie andrews will consider making a very dignified/elegant cameo as the queen of transylvania.
posted by abel on Dec 20, 2008
Why Jeremy Northam, of course.
posted by Bev on Jul 21, 2008
Emma Thompson? Brilliant! For Henry Higgins...Colin Firth, but of course! Doubly brilliant.
posted by shanna on Jul 21, 2008
Emma Thompson is great news! Henry Higgins must be played by Colin Firth. He would be perfect!
posted by Kris on Jul 21, 2008
Colin Firth would make a great Prof Higgins. He's proved he can sing in Mama Mia.
posted by daisy duke on Jul 19, 2008
Simply thrilled about Emma Thompson writng the script. Might entice more talenetd actors to reconsider applying.
posted by donna on Jul 18, 2008
Emma thompson? Well I liked Sense and Sensibility but not Nanny McFee...she could pull it off though. But who is Henry Higgins?

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