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The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plain

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 26, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 26, 2010 |

I don’t know why I hadn’t yet put this together, but the CD that my two year old listens to incessantly is the soundtrack to My Fair Lady (don’t blame me; blame the mother), the same My Fair Lady that is currently being remade by John Madden. I guess I’ve never actually seen My Fair Lady, so I don’t know if it’s any good. But, the kid’s like one of those ’80s Aquanet and Mascara dumpsters at a Skid Row concert whenever he hears “With a Little Bit,” or “The Rain in Spain,” which is like 47 times a day. (If you like your testicles, you won’t try to read anything into that.)

Anyway, the movie — scripted by Emma Thompson — has been in the works for years, but it seems to finally be moving ahead, after months of speculation over who would take the role of Eliza Doolittle. Kiera Knightly dropped out of the project recently, and now it seems that the role will go to Carey Mulligan (!), after Emma Thompson revealed as much as much to the BBC at a red carpet interview, confirming earlier reports (and contradicting Mulligan’s own denial a month ago).

That’s great news, I think. I mean: As long as she can sing. is there anything untoward about My Fair Lady that I should know about? It’s just a musical Pygmalion, right?

Madden is also apparently courting Hugh Grant for the role of Professor Higgins, who turns a plain Ann flower girl into a woman of high society. Daniel Day Lewis and Colin Firth have apparently been ruled out.

I can’t honestly speak intelligently to the remake despite the second-hand knowledge of the soundtrack, but who doesn’t love a good Pygmalion story? And Carey Mulligan? And a script from Emma Thompson? I’m sold.

(Source: BBC)

Update: I’ll also note that, in an interview with Collider, Mulligan had this to say about the possibility of playing Eliza Doolittle, after being told that Emma Thompson said she’d be in the film: “Oh, that’s nice. Well, that’s hugely flattering and that would be great. I really don’t know, at this point, what’s happening with that. That’s lovely that Emma said that. That’s really nice. But, I honestly don’t know.”

Hmmm. So there you go! Carey Mulligan is definitely maybe could be playing Eliza Doolitte in My Fair Lady. And at the very least, she’s flattered that Emma Thompson said she would be, which is a weird thing to be flattered about if you’re not actually going to star in the movie.

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