Monday, July 15, 2024

Anne Hathaway Ready to Speed the Plow in Formerly Male Role?


EXCLUSIVE Heard on the Croisette: interesting buzz that an updated film version of “Speed the Plow,” one of David Mamet’s most successful plays, may be coming to us with a surprise.

The word is that Oscar winner Anne Hathaway is talking to Mamet about playing one of the male roles, re-written for her. That would be Charlie, played so brilliantly eons ago on stage by Ron Silver.

There was talk about two months ago that Michael Polish would direct this new screen version. I’m told Hathaway would play Charlie to a big name star as Bobby Gould. How that would affect the third character, Karen, whom Bobby and Charlie each want to bed, is unknown. But you know these days, anything is possible.

Given how women’s roles have changed in Hollywood since “Speed the Plow” first appeared, this seems like a cool idea. I also like the idea of Mamet updating the script some to give it a slightly more contemporary feel.

So stay tuned because this could be interesting, it would certainly give the whole project a lot more edge.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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