Actress Glenn Close (Mars Attacks, Fatal Attraction) has been chosen to star in a full length feature about “Britain’s Got Talent” singing phenomenon Susan Boyle.
UK’s The Sun reports that 63-year old Close will portray the 47-year old Scottish Grammy Award-nominee (now 49), in a film developed by TV producer and music executive Simon Cowell.
According to British tabloids, the “I Dreamed A Dream” singer was lobbying for fellow Scot Elaine C. Smith of England’s TV series “Rab C. Nesbitt” to play the lead role — however Hollywood studios, as usual, have decided to go with a big name star.
Details of the production remain sketchy with no word as to whether or not Susan’s voice will appear on the soundtrack or whether Close will sing as Boyle.
Though the Fatal Attraction star is well known as an actress (with no less than 5 Academy Award nominations), the Connecticut born impresario has won 3 Tony Awards (“The Real Thing,” “Death And The Maiden,” “Sunset Boulevard”) as well as 3 Emmys, 2 Golden Globes, an Obie, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
However, Cowell has has been hoping to expand Susan’s career and has been working on the biopic since early 2009.
Furthermore, it’s doubtful that the older songstress will sing for the role due to the immense commercial success of Boyle’s album “The Gift.”
In Nov. 2010, Syco/Columbia reported that the Scottish singer was the 1st solo artist to ever have two No 1 albums in UK and in America within 12 months.
So far the biopic remains untitled with no official starting date.
Meanwhile, Close is currently filming Rodrigo Garcia directed Albert Nobbs (set in 19th century Ireland), starring Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right), Aaron Johnson (The Illusionist), and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point).
Did you know? Before Glenn Close was selected for the part of “Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction, producers chose 3 other actresses for the role including: Debra Winger (Terms Of Endearment, An Officer And A Gengleman), Barbara Hershey (Black Swan, Hannah And Her Sisters), and Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1,The Crying Game). Actress Sharon Stone (Casino, Basic Instinct, The Quick And The Dead) also auditioned for the role.