Gillian Anderson to Star as 'Blanche DuBois' in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Young Vic, Summer 2014?

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Gillian Anderson to Star as 'Blanche DuBois' in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Young Vic, Summer 2014?

The Daily Mail reports that X-Files star Gillian Anderson will star as 'Blanche DuBois' in the Young Vic's Summer 2014 production of Tennessee Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, directed by Benedict Andrews.

"It fell out of the sky. This was Gillian and Benedict working together. They sought each other out, and went through what they'd like to do, and came up with Blanche," the Young Vic's artistic director David Lan told the Mail. "With these two people involved there are going to be fireworks on the stage!"

Read the original report here.

Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans, STREETCAR follows the tension between Southern Belle Blanche DuBois and her working class brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski.

Williams' 1947 play received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. It opened on Broadway in 1947, helmed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy, who won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. A London production opened in 1949 with Bonar Colleano and Vivien Leigh, directed by Laurence Olivier. The 1951 film adaptation, also directed by kazan, won four Academy Awards.

Anderson rocketed to international TV fame as THE X-FILES' Special Agent Dana Scully. She has also appeared on the big screen in The House of Mirth, The Mighty Celt, The Last King of Scotland and two X-Files movies: The X-Files and The-X-Files: I Want to Believe, as well as the TV series Bleak House, The Fall -- which was renewed for a second series -- and most recently, Hannibal. Her upcoming film projects include The Curse of The Buxom Strumpet, Sold and Our Robot Overlords.

Further casting to be announced.

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