The feature film of Billy Wilder's musical version by Andrew Lloyd Webber Sunset Boulevard, featuring Glenn Close recreating his award-winning performance to Tony, has found his director.
Tony's winner, Rob Ashford, will debut as a feature filmmaker with the musical, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Filming should begin in the fall for Paramount with Lloyd Webber as producer. No other casting has been announced.
Ashford was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winner of the best choreography in 2002 for Completely modern Millie. Other choreography credits at Ashford include The wedding singer, Curtains, Cry-Baby, Evita, and the last Disney release on Broadway, frozen. He directed and choreographed Broadway covers of Promises, promises and How to succeed in business without really trying. Ashford won an Emmy for his work at the 81st Academy Awards and also directed and choreographed live TV productions of The sound of music and Peter Pan Live!
Close played in Broadway's Lloyd Webber's original production in 1994 Sunset Boulevard, winning a Tony for his work as faded screen mute star Norma Desmond, and the acclaimed revival of 2017. The proposed project was first announced in January 2016, before Close returned to the Hollywood star at the London Coliseum before a Broadway bow at the Palace Theater. At the time, Christopher Hampton, co-author and author of books, hoped that the shoot would begin while Close was still in London.
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It had been more than 20 years since Close had opened Broadway's original production, but the Oscar nominated for the seventh time took advantage of years away from Norma Desmond to find a new window on the character.
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"I'm not saying that I'm getting better, but I say I have more experience," Close said to Playbill while discussing his return to the role played for the first time in the 1950 Wilder film "With more knowledge about myself and about the experiences I've had and the sorrows I've had and enduring like myself, theoretically, an actor should only improve because our bodies, our minds and our hearts are the material with which we build characters. "
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