Taron Egerton in talks to play Seymour in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ movie

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If you enjoyed Taron Egerton’s performance in Rocketman and want to hear him sing more on the big screen, you’re in luck. Fresh off his Golden Globe win for the Elton John biopic, it’s been announced that Taron is going to play Seymour Krelborn in a remake of Little Shop of Horrors. Here’s more and unfortunately Scarlett Johansson might be in it too:

Comicbook.com reports that Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson have been offered roles in the upcoming “Little Shop of Horrors” film remake. Egerton is in talks to play Seymour Krelborn, with Johansson offered the role of Audrey.

No casting decisions have been made official as of tonight.

Greg Berlanti will direct the feature film, with a script by Matthew Robinson. The remake was announced in 2016.

“Little Shop of Horrors” is a 1982 Off-Broadway musical by Alan Menken and Robert Ashman. It is based on Roger Corman’s 1960 pulp horror film of the same name. The musical finally hit Broadway in 2003, with a cast led by Hunter Foster and Kerry Butler.

[From Broadway World via Dlisted]

Dlisted also mentioned that Billy Porter is in talks to bring Audrey II to life, and I think that that may just be the most perfect casting ever. (Did you see that Billy’s going to be on an upcoming episode of Sesame Street, and he brought along his Oscars gown? Predictably, there are some people who aren’t happy at all about this. Too bad, haters.)

I don’t quite get the same well-meaning-but-hapless vibe from Taron that I got from Rick Moranis. In fairness, though, I haven’t seen Little Shop of Horrors in eons. I’m also underwhelmed by the potential casting of Scarlett Johansson. The whole story is over-the-top, of course, but I’m picturing ScarJo imitating Ellen Greene-as-Audrey, and am cringing. I’m open to being pleasantly surprised, though.

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  1. Lara says:

    Surely Scarlett Johansson will be playing Audrey II as she can play anything including a tree (plant…)

  2. T.Fanty says:

    ScarJo won’t be able to sing that role. It really is just that simple. It needs a really big voice and I just think her singing won’t cut it.

  3. Swack says:

    No, just no. I can’t watch the live version of Alladin because no one can replace Robin Wiiliams. This will be no differenct in replacing all the great comedians in the original – especially Steve Martin as the dentist.

    • heloncearth says:

      Agreed. Steve Martin was fabulous, along with the rest of the cast, especially Bill Murray as his masochist client.

      Sick of remakes of great films. Why they can’t go back and look at films that have a good premise but were badly acted or had a rubbish script and remake them?!

  4. Belli says:

    I think Taron can pull off well meaning and hapless. He did a really good job playing Eddie the Eagle a few years back.

    Scar Jo will surely be playing everyone on Skid Row at once??

  5. SKF says:

    Isn’t Audrey a role for someone with an insane voice? Like, one of the ultimate singing roles? Scar-Jo CANNOT SING. Ugh. There are so many mega talented broadway stars who could crush this. I like Scar-Jo as an actress but I am sick of crappy singers getting cast in singing roles.

    • janey says:

      Yep, I often wonder of all the people toiling away on Broadway or the West End, they cast a celebrity who can’t do the job. I recently went to Priscilla Queen of the Desert, had a celeb in the main role who was dire and the actual musical theatre performers were amazing.

  6. Chickaletta says:

    OMG I love LSOH. I play the soundtrack in my car and sing along. I think a remake…..wouldn’t be awful? So long as Audrey II is still a puppet and not some CGI bulls**t. Taron would be great, he has the right voice (I’m thinking of him singing as Johnny the Gorilla in Sing). Eeeeeeeee I’m excited.

    We just won’t talk about Scarlett. 🤐🤐

  7. lurry says:

    I thought this role was offered to Lady Gaga

  8. Veronica S. says:

    This has been due for a remake for awhile, though I’m not sure it’ll be done as well as it should in the current market. As much as I actually liked ScarJo’s outing with Peter Yorn in 2009, I tend to associate Audrey with a very bold, higher soprano, and her voice isn’t quite there. Honestly, it’s one of those movies where grabbing up some lesser known Broadway actors outside Egerton could be to the film’s benefit.

  9. Milkweed says:

    I ❤️ Little Shop of Horrors! Audrey has to be an amazing singer from Broadway. I hope Scarjo realizes that and takes herself out of the running.

  10. doofus says:

    the same people who are clutching their pearls over Porter’s tuxedo gown on Sesame Street and the Super Bowl half time show (“won’t someone think of the CHILDREN!!!”) are the same people who have NO problem with a president who admits that he grabs women by the p*ssy without consent and paid off a pr0n star with whom he cheated on his THIRD wife…with whom he cheated on his second wife…with whom he cheated on his first wife. oh, and he puts kids in cages.

    but tell me again how horrifying it is to see a man in a tuxedo gown. tell me how damaging it is for kids to see that.

    such faux outrage.

  11. Gil says:

    Taron is an amazing actor and he was robbed. He should have got an Oscar nomination. The man can really sing. I would watch “Little Shop of Horrors” just because him.

  12. Kath says:

    Are u kidding??? I like Taron but Jonathan Groff is right there!!!!!

  13. Chickaletta says:

    I’ve heard that Rick Moranis might come out of retirement for a project. He could play Mr. Mushnik now.

  14. John Radulski says:

    Taron is great.