Monday, May 11, 2020

Streep rumored for supporting role in Damien Chazelle's "Babylon"

Full Circle (who?) has reported that Meryl is under consideration for a supporting role in director Damien Chazelle's upcoming film, Babylon, set in 1920s Hollywood. A quick blurb on her character form the site:

"Streep is being eyed to play Elinor Glyn in a supporting role. Described as “Hollywood’s dowager duchess,” Glyn is a famous screenwriter, author, and gossip columnist who popularized the concept of “It -girl” and launched Stone’s character Clara Bow into superstardom along with many others."

The "Stone" mentioned would be none other than Emma Stone. Brad Pitt is also in negotiations to star. Here's a detailed summary from IMDb:

"The story is set in Pre-Code Hollywood in the late 1920s and early 1930s, during the film industry's transition from silent films to talkies. This era of Hollywood was renowned not only for its legendary parties and riotous behavior but also for its transgressive film content. Prior to 1934, Hollywood films could depict or imply nudity, obscene gestures, homosexual relations, adultery, rape, abortion, and drug use. When the Motion Picture Production Code was enforced 1934, the content of films was severely restricted, and Pre-Code films were not permitted by censors to be re-released without permanent cuts to the master prints. The Code would remain in effect until 1968 by which time the transgressive era of Pre-Code cinema had been forgotten in the national memory."

I'm of course taking this with a grain of salt, at least until we get a few more sources citing Meryl's involvement. Chazelle is a well-respected director, following his Oscar win for directing La La Land in 2016. And Glyn seems like an interesting character.

The biggest question may be when Miss Covid will let them begin filming...

portrait of Elinor Glyn (1942)

1 comment:

  1. Would be an excellent choice for Meryl...she was the first I thought of when I heard of this role and project over at AwardsWatch. (I mean look at the pic you chose!) That said, I hope an outlet with a good track record like THR or Variety confirms before I get excited. It would be nice to see her work with Stone given the near-miss of Little Women.