Lastly, at 13 mentions and by far most intriguing to me, was Nyad. Written by Robert Specland, it is "based on the true story of marathon swimmer Diana Nyad, who in 2013, after 4 failed attempts and at the age of 64, became the first person ever to open-swim from Cuba to Florida (55 hours non-stop) overcoming impossible odds, personal tragedy, and 103 miles of open ocean."
I had never heard of Nyad, but quickly began my research. All the info I needed was best captured in the documentary I watched about her experience entitled The Other Shore.
Ok, on paper this role would seem to tick so many boxes for Meryl: biopic, age 64, physical transformation, intense personality, lesbian who (allegedly) suffered abuse at hands of both her Greek-Egyptian stepfather (Diana does a great accent of him in doc) and Hall of Fame swim coach Jack Nelson.
I've read in interviews that Meryl swims for exercise. I don't know if she continues to do so, but if I hadn't known that, I wouldn't have connected the possibility of her portraying this woman. Not having read the script, I of course don't know how much of it takes place in the water, but I imagine quite a bit. No doubt the filming would be physically grueling. Meryl is no stranger to strenuous physical work in preparation for roles (The River Wild) and I wonder if it would take on extra significance were she to undergo it in her 60's rather than her 40's. If the movie were to be made with Meryl, I expect it would have to be picked up this year with a filming schedule no later than summer 2017, incidentally when Meryl would turn 68. Such a timeline would also allow for her to film The Good House later this year.
At first I thought Nyad may be too much of a stretch, but the more I think about it, and as I write this post, it seems at least possible, if not plausible. Can you not totally picture Jodi Foster signing on to produce/direct or even star (as Nyad's trainer Bonnie Stoll)?! Regardless of your interest in this project, I highly recommend viewing The Other Shore, which can be rented on Itunes. Excited to hear people's thoughts on the documentary as well as Meryl's conceivable participation in a feature film.
|Bonnie Stoll (left) and Diana Nyad (right)|