Glenn Close’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Movie Musical Finds Its Director

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Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford will make his function helming debut with Paramount's adaptation of the Broadway musical that in flip was taken from the 1950 silver display traditional.

Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford is hooked up to direct Paramount’s big-screen take of Broadway’s musical adaptation of the display traditional Sunset BoulevardThe Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Glenn Close, the seven-time Oscar nominee, will star within the manufacturing, reprising the position she performed to nice acclaim on Broadway twice earlier than.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is among the many producers of the venture, tailored from the 1950 black-and-white traditional that starred Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a pale and deluded silent-screen star who ensnares a down-on-his-luck screenwriter (William Holden) into her fantasy of constructing a comeback. A byzantine love story ensues that ends, finally, in tragedy.

Close is enjoying Desmond, a task she portrayed when the musical hit Broadway in 1994, profitable her third Tony Award; she reprised the half to nice acclaim in a 2016 revival that performed each London and New York. The musical encompasses a rating by Lloyd Webber, with e-book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. The unique manufacturing gained seven Tonys in all, together with greatest musical, e-book and unique rating.

Paramount had no remark. A fall begin is being eyed. Close had been loosely hooked up to the venture since final 12 months, however items weren't coalescing till a director was discovered.

Ashford gained a Tony for greatest choreography for 2002’s Thoroughly Modern Millie and earned nominations for the musicals The Wedding Singer, CurtainsCry-BabyPromises, Promises and Evita. He additionally earned greatest director and greatest choreography nominations for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which starred Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette.

Ashford labored as a choreographer on a number of Academy Awards reveals and gained notices for his stage route and choreography for the reside tv presentation of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan Live!

Ashford is at present represented on Broadway as choreographer of Disney's Frozen musical.

This article initially appeared on THR.com.