In perhaps the strangest casting rumor of the year so far, the likes of Madonna, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Emmy Rossum are all said to be up for roles in a new darkly comedic adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s novel “Valley of the Dolls” for 20th Century Fox.
The book spans two decades and covers the career highs and ultimate self-destruction of three female best friends: Anne Welles, who works at a Broadway talent agency; Neely O’Hara, a vaudeville star; and Jennifer North, a showgirl. The title refers to the barbiturates (sleeping pills) they all become addicted to.
An instant success, ‘Dolls’ has sold more than 30 million copies and essentially gave birth to the modern genre of female authors (like Jackie Collins) who write sexually scandalous stories in the roman-a-clef style – telling the stories of real-life rich and famous people under the guise of fiction.
The book was previously adapted into a classic film in 1967 starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate. It was also adapted as a TV mini-series in 1981 and a late-night soap in 1994, while “Precious” director Lee Daniels was linked to a potential TV series remake for NBC back in 2011.
Paul Rudnick (“First Wives Club,” “In & Out”) is penning the remake which centers on the modern-day music business in Hollywood with a particular focus on the Neely O’Hara character and her fall from grace.
Madonna is being courted to play ageing Broadway star Helen Lawson, Jennifer Lawrence is being eyed for Jennifer North, Anne Hathaway is in contention for Anne Welles and Emmy Rossum is up for Neely O’Hara.
No director is attached at this point.
Source: Naughty But Nice Rob