Thursday, February 22, 2024

Not at All True (Yet?): Reese Witherspoon to Play Handbag Designer Appointed Ambassador to South Africa, Idris Elba to Co-star


This isn’t true. Yet.

In a crazy world (that doesn’t exist, this is fiction) Reese Witherspoon could option the rights to play Lana Marks in a new movie about a hand bag designer in Palm Beach appointed to the ambassador’s office in South Africa by Donald Trump. Marks in real life just got that appointment.

Idris Elba will co-star as the president of South Africa who falls in love with her and commissions an anti-Apartheid handbag line.

No director has been chosen yet, but release is set for fall 2020, in time for the presidential election.

In the movie, possible called “Legally Blonde 3,” Witherspoon’s renamed character– Elle Woods– has been disbarred, has moved to Palm Beach, started a successful line of handbags and joins Mar-A-Lago. There she meets Donald Trump, who chooses her to serve in the diplomatic corps after hearing her story. Woods, it seems, was caught in an insider trading scandal that Trump thinks is unfair.

At first Woods will try to telecommute to South Africa, but when Elba’s character summons her, she arrives in Cape Town with plans to bring harmony through pocket books.

Annapurna Pictures will co-release with Roadside Attractions. Rebel Woods is circling a role said to be Winnie Mandela’s unknown adopted daughter.

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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