Is Anne Hathaway replacing Carey Mulligan as Eliza in the ‘My Fair Lady’ remake?

Over the past four years or so, various actresses, writers, directors and producers have been circling various My Fair Lady projects. For a long time, Emma Thompson was going to write another film adaptation/remake and Carey Mulligan was going to star in the film. And at some point, people started talking about doing the original My Fair Lady (the musical) on Broadway or on stage in London. Personally, I would love it if there was a revival of GB Shaw’s Pygmalion, the source material for My Fair Lady. Shaw’s play is still a work of genius, and Shaw never tacked on the “Hollywood ending” of Prof. Higgins and Eliza Doolittle getting together in the end.

Anyway, as I said, there are lots of rumors and rumors within rumors. The latest rumors – which are a few days old and the rumors haven’t been denied yet – are about the film adaptation/remake and who could possibly star. How would you feel about Anne Hathaway as Eliza? The rain in Spain falls mainly in the OMG OSCAR BEAV.

ANNE HATHAWAY will be swotting up on CHAS & DAVE’s material having been lined up to play cockney Eliza Doolittle in a film remake of My Fair Lady.

Producer CAMERON MACKINTOSH, who worked with the US star on Les Misérables, is behind the project and is intent on Anne being his leading lady. And there are apparently no concerns about her learning the required London twang.

A source said: “Cameron feels having Anne on board will help replicate the success of Les Mis. The cockney accent won’t be a problem. She’ll pick it up in no time.”

Anne has been linked with the My Fair Lady stage role on Broadway but it’s the big-screen version that she’s most likely to star in.

Les Mis proved she can hold a note and she played a Brit in One Day, though she was criticised for “the most honkingly rubbish Yorkshire accent”.

A few singalongs to Snooker Loopy will help her perfect the East End lilt in no time.

[From The Sun]

Audrey Hepburn found the accent work (and the singing) particularly difficult too, so if Anne doesn’t get it right, she’s in good company. No one told Audrey that her singing vocals were going to be mixed with Marni Nixon’s voice, and she was absolutely horrified when she first saw the film. The role was originally played by Julie Andrews on the stage, and when Hollywood bought the property, many thought Julie should be given the role, but it went to Audrey instead (some tried to make it into a girlfight, but Julie always maintained that Audrey was a lovely woman and the casting drama wasn’t her fault). If Anne does get this role, people will create some girl drama between Anne and Carey Mulligan, because the last I heard, Emma Thompson didn’t want anything to do with the project if Carey wasn’t involved.

Now, all that being said… I don’t hate the idea of Anne in the role. I think Carey would probably be better, but Anne is far from the worst choice. Think about it this way – somewhere, right now, Jessica Biel is making an audition tape because she thinks she would be an amazing Eliza Doolittle.

Some photos of Annie & Adam Shulman at LAX yesterday:

Photos courtesy of WENN and Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Faye says:

    No, no, HELL no. The accent would be awful (see One Day, anyone), the singing would be dubious. We need a break from Musical Anne. I think she needs to do something really different to break away from all the bad publicity of this year.

    Also, just my personal bias, but nobody should remake My Fair Lady. Some things are so iconic they are inimitable, IMO.

    • GoodCapon says:

      Unfortunately it’s Hollywood we’re talking about here. Nothing’s sacred in this industry, it’s all about the money money money.

  2. marie says:

    NO. no, no, no, NO.. just no. why does it even need to be remade? leave it the f-ck alone..

    can you imagine, she remakes this and then we’ll have to hear about Audrey comparisons from now til forever, NO.

    • Eve says:

      Yes, I can imagine: she’ll go on and on about how she’s honoured to play such an iconic character, and how she feels somehow “connected” to Hepburn…GAHHH!

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        I really could picture her saying that too! “It was such a true honor to have the opportunity to play that role, it was almost like an homage to Audrey. She has always been my inspiration…I’ll never forget when I turned 10, my father gifted me with this charming, delicate little ring from Tiffany’s. It was simple, but I thought I had a real treasure because I really felt at that moment like Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Now that’s the only jeweler I wear. I feel closer to Audrey every time I put it on.” ughhh…I know I went off there, but some stupid bs story like that could easily drivel out that mouth of hers if she gets this role.

      • Pop! says:

        This simply cannot happen. Esw, i can totally see her doing that. She is no Audrey. I like her, but won’t if this come to fruition.

      • Eve says:

        @ EmmaStoneWannabe:

        “ughhh…I know I went off there,…”

        Actually, that sounds like something Hathaway would say.

      • Eve says:

        EDIT — I meant this sounds perfectly like something Hathaway would say:

        “It was such a true honor to have the opportunity to play that role, it was almost like an homage to Audrey. She has always been my inspiration…I’ll never forget when I turned 10, my father gifted me with this charming, delicate little ring from Tiffany’s. It was simple, but I thought I had a real treasure because I really felt at that moment like Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Now that’s the only jeweler I wear. I feel closer to Audrey every time I put it on.”

      • marie says:

        sadly you guys are right, that sounds exactly like something she would say. ridiculous

    • brin says:

      Ugh and just think how insufferable she will be!

      • Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

        @ mar

        *snort laugh*

        Though I might defend “insufferable”, in this case. I could do without “literally” used wrong though. “I was literally going to explode.”
        Oh really now? amazing.

      • taxi says:

        Mar, “expunge” refers only to printed or written words

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Ha guys are cracking me up 🙂

      I don’t blame y’all for finding Anne insufferable but I like her simply because I think she’s a solid young actress in a sea of shitty young actresses. However, as much as I like Anne’s acting style, I always have to side with my girl Carey.

      That being said, I agree with marie and others-please, Hollywood, we are BEGGING you: STOP WITH THE REMAKES. ENOUGH!

      But if they MUST remake My Fair Lady, my vote goes to C. Mulligan-I think she’s fantastic.

      • Trillion says:

        What’s wrong with “insufferable”? It’s a perfectly good word. Now “cray cray” on the other hand…..
        (I admit I do use it sometimes but then hate myself for it afterwards….)

    • sam says:

      Agree x 10000000

    • Eleonor says:

      While I think Anne is not a bad idea, I think we don’t need Anne campaining again for something. Because if she get the role she will be oscar campaining all over AGAIN.
      Please Anne disappear for a while! PLEASE!

    • Nicolette says:

      Really, why remake a classic. Just leave it alone. And you cannot compare her to Audrey Hepburn. You don’t compare costume jewelry to fine jewelry from Tiffany’s. 🙂

    • Mia says:

      I totally agree. When is Hollyweird going to come up with an original idea and stop resuscitating film classics that have no reason to be retold for the 50th time?

  3. T.Fanty says:

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s all I have to say on this preposterous idea.

  4. gogoGorilla says:

    I think Anne and her husband must be able to borrow each other’s clothes.

  5. Kaye says:

    Is nothing sacred!?!??

    Sidenote: Ditto on the clothes sharing, y’all.

  6. emmie_a says:

    For the near future, I refuse to see any play or movie starring AnnE. I’ve had more than enough of her smug face. And I’m done w/her husband too. Does he have his own life or is he her permanent side-shadow?

    • holly hobby says:

      Well, when they were first dating, the press said he was an actor but I never saw anything he was in. Now, they are saying he’s a jewelry designer, again, I haven’t seen his work.

      He looks like Mr. Jessica Simpson, Eric Johnson – a hanger on.

  7. allons-y alonso says:

    NO!!! Just….NO! Is nothing sacred anymore?!?!?!

    • m says:

      When his acting career failed he became a jewelery designer and Annie has been making her rounds and promoting his stuff.

  8. Emma says:

    There almost zero films that should be remade but Hollywood keeps insisting to do so.
    Noone wants to take a chance on original works these days as all that matters is box office dollars! All we get are book adaptations, sequels of superhero films and horridious remakes.

  9. Jane says:

    Absolutely not. She would do such injustice to it, not to mention throwing that damned Oscar win around. She’d want another nomination for this role and push so hard for it.

  10. Nicole says:

    You know you’re a narcissist when… you marry a bearded mirror.

  11. Tessa says:

    Anne is terrible with accents. She was so bad in One Day it was almost laughable. I think the public has had too much of her fake earnest nausiating persona for awhile. Maybe she should take some time off. And no, it’s never a good idea to replace Carey Mulligan.

  12. Lily says:

    NO. Hell NO.

  13. Kiddo says:

    She really isn’t a singer. Period. It’s a musical.

  14. L says:

    Didn’t they have a remake on the west end a few years ago with Martine McCutcheon and Jonathan Pryce? Why another so soon?

    And heck NO to AnnE. If they are going to pick anyone from that film, they should cast Samantha Barks. Girl can sing, and I’m pretty sure she could nail the accent. AnnE’s accent sucked in Becoming Jane, so there’s no way she could manage the earthy accent of Eliza.

    • T.Fanty says:

      They just did another production in London with Dominic West (hello!) playing Professor Higgins. It got great reviews.

    • lisa says:

      the terminator should go back in time and stop this remake

      but if it has to happen, i agree that samantha would be a great choice

  15. Ms Kay says:

    I feel like starting a Kickstarter “Send AnnE Hathaway to Venus so she can have her own planet” campaign….

  16. Erinn says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO. That was one of my favorite movies growing up. I CAN’T STAND ANNE. 🙁

    Carey Mulligan is just so adorable that I could forgive her if it’s not a good movie. But… Anne…no.

  17. potatopatch says:

    She makes one musical (and her singing is horrid) – so now she thinks she needs to be in more? Please don’t mess with the Hepburn version – honestly, who could do it any better than Rex Harrison, Audrey and Wilfrid Hyde-White? And! never forget – Stanley Holloway. Nope – leave it alone.

    • Beatrice says:

      So true!! And don’t forget those fabulous Cecil Beaton costumes. No, don’t do a remake of perfection.

  18. Gwen says:

    Please no! 🙁

  19. Apsutter says:

    I hope not…I’m sick of people trying to compare her to Audrey Hepburn as it is. Plus I love Carey Mulligan, she’s such a cutie!

  20. anneesezz says:

    Are these people unaware of the negative backlash from her Oscar campaigning? I will not go see this movie. I laughed during Les Mis when she was singing I was so over her. I’m not even kidding. The hipster wannabe look is really annoying.

  21. anna says:

    GOD NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. TG says:

    AnnE will ruin the movie. I want either Carey Mulligan or Keira Knightley.

    @Mar – Why do you think using the word “insufferable” means someone is trying to prove they have a big vocabulary? That word isn’t complicated to understand and is used often enough. You only come off as trying to sound intelligent. I agree with the commenter above.

  23. ruby says:

    Oh dear God no, that would be such a disaster. Carey is much more suited to the role. We’ve had enough of AnnE singing for a few years at least, we need a break. If Anne is in it I definitely won’t watch it.

    • elceibeno says:

      You must have read my mind. She will probably expect to win another Oscar for playing Eliza Dolittle. Anne is so annoying.

  24. cbreader says:

    I’ve never actually seen My Fair Lady. But as far as I understand, isn’t the premise about the same as Princess Diaries? Clutsy, uncouth young lady needs to become beautiful and elegant? I LOVED Anne in those movies, but wouldn’t this be too much of a repeat for her?

  25. Amy says:

    Emma Thompson may be doing a My Fair Lady film remake but Clive Davis is reviving it onstage and he wants Anne for that. I think the Sun mixed some things up (shocker).

  26. shanaynay says:

    AnnE and Adam are starting to look A LOT alike. In that first pic, it looks like Adam dressing up as AnnE, or something. Yikes.

  27. Bijlee says:

    Lol this explains her Oscar campaign she tried acting like Audrey in her speech and mannerisms. With the little girl voice and breathy delivery. She wanted this guy to see her. I think she’s a good choice for the part. As is Carey mulligan. So I’m not mad. I’m mad they’re doing a remake, but hey they are so I wouldn’t blame either of them for jumping at he chance.

    To those of you saying Anne’s a horrid singer and horrid choice….really? Anne annoyed me to, but the girls IS talented. She sings well and can act. Is her theater personality insufferable? Yeah. Bt she is a talented girl. Anyways these old white men probably dont use the Internet for anything other than pRon so they probably don’t know about the Internet backlash. Which I think has waned alot. I certainly don’t care how insufferable Anne was anymore. And my dislike for her is milder now.

    And Amy is suggesting there will be a stage play that Anne is being considered for. So both will get to play the role if they wanted. Its not that big a deal really.

  28. ctkat1 says:

    Bad idea…people are going to be hostile-to-hesitant about remaking ‘My Fair Lady’ to begin with, so you need to cast a likable actress in the lead role. Carey Mulligan is likable, so people will be generous. Anne Hathaway, especially right now, isn’t and so people will revolt.

    Also, lol at the Jessica Biel burn. Can’t wait for the magazine article where she complains about how the mean producers of Hollywood wouldn’t even see her for Eliza.

  29. Vivian says:

    Good grief! There are so many more talented actress that would do the role of Eliza some justice; please noooo! Carey is Good but what about other strong actress? Don’t want to see the same actress doing the same things over and over etc. there are strong young actresses like Mia W., Saorise, Alicia V. Etc. Randomly, I even think that Leighton Meester can sing and act very well too.

  30. Annette says:

    As much as I’m a fan of Anne’s acting and singing and I think she’d do a very serviceable job, I just don’t think she’s right for this part. She just isn’t Eliza Doolittle for me. AT ALL. Neither is Keira Knightley, another name I keep hearing suggested. Anne would make her too smug (which is why she made a suprisingly good catwoman even though she isn’t the traditional sex bomb, she can do smug which worked instead) and Keira is only believable in upper crusty roles. Carey Mulligan was made for the role, but failing that I’d also love to see Sam Barks.

  31. Kate says:

    I was watching the Pope announcemnt as it was happening on Fox News (not my channel of choice, FYI) and one of the female anchors was talking about what kind of speech the new Pope would give, and one of the Catholic experts said a lot of it is off the cuff but they may have a few words written down “like and Oscar speech.” And the anchor, bless her, said something like “Let’s hope he’s not like Anne Hathaway: ‘It came true!'” I laughed so hard.

  32. Shi-gatsu says:

    BAD IDEA!!! This will not be a good career move for her. She would have to get it perfect in order for people to like it. In my opinion, she can’t do that. Audrey Hepburn – she ain’t

  33. Magpie says:

    Noooooooooooooooooo!!! Carey needs to play Eliza, not AnnE!!!

  34. Anna00 says:

    I hope not!

  35. Miss M says:

    Why Hollywood has to remake everything? Is it a lack of creative writers?

    If they have to remake this movie: Carey Mulligan all the way!

  36. j.eyre says:

    I think a modern day telling of Pygmalion would be really interesting – with an ambiguous ending about whether Eliza is truly ready to go out in the world as her “new” self and what cost did her transformation take. Kind of the anti-fairy tale.

  37. erika says:


    eliza doolittle was NEVER a smuggy, dr pepper pepped up….NO….NO….damn it, now she’s going to compare herself to audrey hepburn….

    damn it…eliza needs to be a little bit naughty, totally street smart, some con artist in there, ….no….eliza didn’t take henry higgins teachings and stay up all night, REHEARSING her accent….jesus…

    damn it

  38. holly hobby says:

    No make it stop! I want her to go away because I’m so sick of her and her preciousness. If she got this role, we’d get the Oscar campaign ad nauseum!

  39. Claudia says:

    NO! PLEASE NO! My Fair Lady is in my top ten list of favorite films, and definitely my favorite musical (over Singing in the Rain, An American in Paris, The Sound of Music, Seven Brothers for Seven Brides, etc). I’m already miffed with the idea of this remake, but I really really can’t with Anne and her twee-ness.

  40. Dee Cee says:

    Bag of marbles in your mouth seems to work for cockney accent

  41. Lizzie says:

    This article is fairly old now, but it states that Sony want Colin Firth for the role of Higgins. Hugh Grant was first connected with the role, but I have never heard that Hugh Laurie was ever in the running as some people are saying. I know Hugh was Emma’s boyfriend when they were in university together, but that is quite a few years ago now.

    Sony Pictures Courting Colin Firth for MY FAIR LADY
    by Adam Chitwood Posted:February 18th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Colin Firth is currently one of the most in-demand actors in town. Being the stand-out frontrunner for a Best Actor Oscar will do that to you. Now it appears that Sony Pictures is keen on nabbing Firth for their remake of the 1964 musical classic My Fair Lady. In a pitch-perfect casting move, Carey Mulligan has long been attached to take on the role of Eliza Doolittle, with Joe Wright (Atonement) set to direct the film from a screenplay by Emma Thompson (the actress also wrote Sense and Sensibility).

    The report, filed by The Daily Mail, states that Sony Pictures originally brushed Firth aside in favor of casting Hugh Grant as ol’ ‘Enry ‘Iggins, with the producers insisting that Firth was their man. Thankfully, Sony relented, and now only wants to make the film with Firth. The actor is sure to be vetting a flurry of offers now that his brilliant turn in The King’s Speech is getting so much attention (but let’s be honest, the guy’s been brilliant for a long time now). I say the pairing of Firth and Mulligan for My Fair Lady is spot on. Here’s hoping it works out.

  42. moja31 says:

    Noooo!! Doubt she’ll do it though, I don’t think she wants to become “that actress that does all the musicals.” But more importantly, please stop with all of the unnecessary remakes!