Glenn Close to Play Susan Boyle in New Biopic?
"The film is full steam ahead now the leading role is sorted. It was always going to be a tricky one to cast. Susan's incredible story is so well-known across the planet that the film is bound to go down a storm," a source told The Sun newspaper. "Glenn has played some imposing women in the past including Alex Forrest, who boils the pet rabbit in 'Fatal Attraction'. But this might just be her biggest role yet."
The paper also reports that shooting is rumored to begin later this year, and that "Discussions for the film had been ongoing for some time, and although Susan, 49, wanted little known TV actress Elaine C Smith - who is also from Scotland - to play her on the big screen, bosses wanted a major Hollywood name for the role and decided on Glenn, 63, early on."
An unexpected pop icon with the voice of an angel, Susan Boyle rocketed to international fame when her performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" (from Les Miserables) on "Britain's Got Talent" became the most watched YouTube video of 2009, with Susan generating more than 500 million YouTube hits.
Susan surprised the world with her powerful, heart stopping voice when she walked onto the Britain's Got Talent stage in April 2009. By the November she had conquered the international music charts with her debut multi platinum album I Dreamed A Dream, selling over 10 million copies worldwide. Her debut album I Dreamed A Dream made Susan the biggest selling artist in the world in 2009, the fastest selling artist in the world for a decade and the fastest selling artist in the history of the UK charts. I Dreamed A Dream shot straight to the number one spot in over 21 countries including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.
Glenn Close made her professional theater and Broadway debut in Love for Love. Other early stage credits include The Crucifer of Blood and The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs, for which she won an Obie Award. Close's first Tony Award nomination came for her role in the musical Barnum, and she subsequently won Tony Awards for her performances in The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden. For her portrayal of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard, Close won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and a Dramalogue Award. She would later reteam with the show's director, Trevor Nunn, in London for his Royal National Theatrerevival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She has been honored with a Crystal Award from Women in Film; a GLAAD Media Award; a People's Choice Award; the National Association of Theatre Owners' Female Star of the Year award at ShoWest and a Gotham Award for her contributions to the New York independent filmmaking community.
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