Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Poll #7: Will Meryl ever win another Oscar?

For poll #7, I've gone a little bit different route. I'm asking whether readers think Meryl will ever win another Oscar. Everyone has an opinion on this, I'm sure. Off to the right you'll see the options I've provided for the poll.  One could may simply want to answer yes or no, but it's more fun to get as specific as possible in our predictions. 

I'll be the first to vote and say that yes, I think she will win another Oscar. My guess is that it'll happen sometime in her 70s or early 80s, as a sort of Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond moment. The older she gets, the less likely it'll be a win for a lead role, in my opinion. So with that in mind, I think the safest bet would be for a biopic. My preference of course would be in a book adaptation or original screenplay, but I'm just going off of what I think is the likeliest. 

I'm interested to see people's choices!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

More set pics from "Big Little Lies"

Meryl was spotted alongside Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman filming a scene Monterey for the new season of Big Little Lies.


A couple more pics can be seen here. No official word yet on release dates, but I'm guessing season 2 will debut on HBO around February, 2019.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

More casting updates for season two of "Big Little Lies"

It's been reported that Martin Donovan and Crystal Fox have been cast as Bonnie's parents in the currently-filming second season of HBO's Big Little Lies. For those who've read the book, Bonnie's (Zoë Kravitz) backstory included a history of abuse, which apparently made her perceptive to Perry's abuse of Celeste and therefore more naturally the one to push him down the stairs. There had been some speculation for a while about who might portray her parents. Many buzzed that it could be either or both of Kravitz's real parents, Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. Alas, no relation, but it'll be nice to see a deeper look into her character in the upcoming season.

Martin Donovan
Crystal Fox

Thursday, April 5, 2018

First look at Streep in "Big Little Lies"

Nicole Kidman posted a photo to her Instagram that includes our first look at Meryl in character as Mary Louise Wright on the set of Big Little Lies.

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Meryl of course plays mom to the late Perry Wright, who was portrayed by Alexander Skarsgård in the first season. She comes to Monterey concerned for the well-being of her twin grandsons. Kidman's character, Celeste, of course plays their mom.  

I have to admit that Meryl's look here is dowdier than I had expected. I thought she'd maybe look super duper posh. It's hard to tell from one photo, though. I maintain that Meryl's character will be an abused person as well, as that behavior is almost always learned. Maybe Perry's father was the same way toward Mary Louise as Perry was to Celeste?  Great character to watch Meryl unfold!



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Casting updates on "Big Little Lies" season 2

Filming is of course underway on the second installment of HBO's Big Little Lies. No glimpses of Meryl on set yet. In fact, we're not even sure if any of her scenes have been shot. Considering she's a supporting character, I wonder if in her contract she's worked it out to be able to shoot all of her scenes in like two weeks or something. Or maybe just one or two days a week over the course of the filming schedule. I remember when I was an extra in A Prairie Home Companion, I showed up on a Wednesday and learned that Meryl was contracted to film only on Tuesdays. Alas, I didn't get to see her.

Yesterday, several sources had casting updates for the show. The only one I really care about is Robin Weigert, who played Dr. Amanda Reisman. Her scenes with Nicole Kidman in the first season were my absolute favorites. This may be a long shot, but I would very much enjoy if somehow in the second season Meryl's character joins Nicole's for a session with Dr. Reisman. Mind blown. Plus, it's fun that Weigert had a bit part in Angels in America, so this will be a little reunion for her and Meryl.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Meryl as Princess Leia?

Apparently there is a petition online for Meryl to be considered for a recasting of Carrie Fisher's iconic role as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IX. Shooting is expected to start this summer with J.J. Abrams directing. 

This is of course a huge rumor, but it got me thinking.  First of all, at initial reaction I don't think it's a good idea. Not that I'm a rabid fan of Star Wars, but I think it would be super weird to all of a sudden see the character of Leia as anyone else, much less someone as equally iconic as Meryl Streep.  Some things are sacred.  I also happen to think that Meryl wouldn't want to touch this role with a ten foot pole, as it may be impossible to ever match the expectations of what this historic character has meant to countless people.  Not unless Streep were really desperate for work would I expect her to be up for this. 

That said, Fisher was a good friend of her's, dating back to when Meryl starred in the semi-autobiographical adaptation of Fisher's book Postcards from the Edge in 1990 (which of course earned Streep an Oscar nomination).  Also, with Meryl's recent teaming with Abrams on the potential of bringing Nathan Hill's novel The Nix to the small screen, it's possible that it's crossed his mind, were it ultimately decided that they wanted to recast the role for the final installment.

Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for a December, 2019 release. I doubt Meryl will be in it.  But could you imagine the attention it would bring?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The next five years

With filming underway for season 2 of Big Little Lies, I thought I'd do one of my favorite things and post about my wishes/predictions/expectations for Meryl's upcoming filming schedule. Let's jump right in.

We already know that 2018 will bring us two feature films involving Meryl in likely rather small roles: Mama Mia! Here We Go Again July and Mary Poppins Returns in December. It's interesting that both roles are in sequels, something I don't think Meryl has ever done before, nor had I expected her to. But they're not the traditional "this film was good so let's make sure we immediately bank on the first film's success," as Mama Mia! is ten years later, and Mary Poppins over fifty. Big Little Lies is likely to release to HBO first quarter 2019, which leaves us to speculate about what roles will be in her near future.

The only other realistic possibility that has already been announced is the limited series The Nix. Nathan Hill's novel has reportedly been adapted into about nine episodes for television, but it has yet to land a distributor.  Maybe we'll see that come to fruition for filming this summer or early fall, but if J.J. Abrams is expected to direct any of the episodes, he likely won't be available until 2019, as this year he'll be busy on some obscure little indie pic called Star Wars. 

Let's say The Nix does eventually happen but that its filming is postponed to spring/summer 2019. That would likely mean a 2020 release.  Not a bad idea considering its a politically charged story and that will be an election year that is certain to have tensions running high. Call me obsessed, but I've also been thinking lately about how great it would be to see The Good House filmed for television in a limited series a la 2014's Olive Kitteridge on HBO, starring Frances McDormand. It would provide a more thorough delving into the lush character of Hildy Good, without the constraints of the two hour package typically required for film. The story would work nicely as four episodes and if were somehow already planned, could be ripe for filming this fall.

I would expect that a limited series for The Good House would release on television fourth quarter 2019, again like Olive Kitteridge. That brings us to 2019. I've previously posted how great it would be to see Meryl star in Nyad, as marathon swimmer Diana Nyad as she battles to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark tank. A summer/fall shooting schedule would be adequate for a summer 2020 release. A handful of Streep films have done very well in that August time slot, which, in 2020 would coincide with the summer Olympics. What better marketing tool to have for an inspirational story about a competitive swimmer?

The following two years could be relatively conventional. A lead role in a Greta Gerwig vehicle for a 2021 release, followed by a sure to be mind-blowing pairing with Jessica Lange as Edith Windsor and Streep as her wife, Thea Spyer.

The whole schedule could look something like this:

2018
Mama Mia! Here We Go Again (July)
Mary Poppins Returns (December)

2019
Big Little Lies (~February)--TV
The Good House (~November)--TV

2020
The Nix (~May)--TV
Nyad (August)

2021
Greta Gerwig project

2022
Edith Windsor/Thea Spyer biopic with Jessica Lange

The proposed timeline would be a delightful combination of lead and supporting roles on television and in film, of biopics, literary adaptations and original stories.

Why not, right?