Thursday, January 11, 2007

Mamma Mia! Here Streep Goes Again

It's all Meryl Streep all the time here at the Film Experience. What is going on? News is just in that Streep has taken the lead role in Mamma Mia (formerly rumored for Michelle Pfeiffer) a film adaptation of the long running Broadway musical that basically caused the über annoying "jukebox" musical phenomenon on Broadway. I've never seen the show because I love ABBA too much and I love the Broadway musical too much to combine them --something about it just freaks me out.


I will however see the movie because I can't get enough of Meryl's pipes which are just phenomenal in Ironweed, Silkwood, Postcards From The Edge, and A Prairie Home Companion. Forgotten musical fact: Meryl really wanted the lead in Evita which, after years in development hell, finally went to Madonna.

Meryl has to be the busiest fiftysomething in Hollywood. Check out her IMDB page which lists an incredible 8 upcoming films and that's not even counting Mamma Mia. Oscar #3 here she comes.

21 comments:

par3182 said...

love meryl, love abba, hate mamma mia

might give this one a miss

Bruno Packer said...

Love La Meryl. So great she's at her 50's and still very active. Maybe she can teach those Hollywood bastards that aged thespians can teach us a lot.

I don't even know what Mamma Mia is, but I do hate jukebox musicals. They're the bottom of the barrel.

But nathe, wasn't Moulin Rouge! more of a jukebox musical?

Anonymous said...

that is a great list of movies! can't believe she'll be acting with aishwarya rai!

NATHANIEL R said...

well the term "jukebox musical" is usually used in reference to a musical that uses an artists catalogue.

Moulin Rouge! is more of the Singin' in the Rain school of musicals that use mostly unconnected hits in a fresh way. so they're like an evolved breed of jukebox musicals. But let's not call them that because the connotation is ugly these days ;)

adam k. said...

God, I love Meryl Streep so much. Oscar #3 is no doubt only a few years away. I actually think once #3 comes, Streep'll pull a Hepburn and win ANOTHER the very next year... if the projects are there.

I just hope First Man and Dirty Tricks actually happen. They look like the fabled "third oscar" vehicles all Streep's fans have been waiting for all these years.

I mean, come on, Meryl Streep as THE PRESIDENT!!?? If that film's any good at all, you know it's an oscar waiting to happen.

ModFab said...

I don't know if this is worse for Meryl or worse for MAMMA MIA...it's a pretty simplistic piece of material, and for an actress of Streep's stature, they'd have to really find a way to work in some complexity.

I immediately cringed upon reading this, because I love Streep and don't want her to be in substandard work...but the idea of seeing her sing "The Winner Takes It All" brightened me up a bit.

John T. said...

On IMDB, it says that Streep has only ever been turned down for two roles-Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams and Miss Kenton in The Remains of the Day. I'll bet Streep would have done her own singing in Sweet Dreams, had she been selected.

Michael Parsons said...

Apparently Madonna was offered the role before Meryl. Tom Hanks is apparently the producer and approached Madonna first.

http://madonnasthoughts.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_madonnasthoughts_archive.html

Just scroll down. No idea how genuine this blog is.....seems to be the real thing.

Michael Parsons said...

Just to add, glad it turned out this way.

Anonymous said...

Madonna...lol... ok even if that is her real blog(which I doubt for some reason) you just can't take her seriously. she bashed Michelle Pfeiffer for talking about how she was supposed to star in Evita but, dropped out. Madonna said she doesn't know why Michelle keeps going around saying that when it isnt true. even though Michelle recorded frickin tracks for the film, etc. Me Thinks Madge is a lil jealous, she turned down Fabulous Baker Boys, she wanted to play Catwoman, but Michelle got it instead, etc. poor woman.

vince said...

I voted for Meryl. Thanks. When did she sing in "Silkwood"?

NATHANIEL R said...

she sings amazing grace over the credits, doesn't she? or sings to Cher. i haven't seen it in awhile.

adam k. said...

It's both. In voiceover and to Cher. Neither is really "real" singing, like in Postcards and Prairie, but it does give you an idea of what a good voice she has.

Anonymous said...

Cannot wait for all the movies Meryl is scheduled to do.. I, too, think she deserves more Oscars... I think the problem is that she is taken for granted ... she always turns in a brilliant performance.

Anonymous said...

Meryl cast in this film very upsetting news!

Ali said...

Ew, why? Although she'll make it watchable, the material just isn't interesting enough.

santy said...

8 films. What, no "she's in too many movies" backlash like the one that you have for your "the next Meryl Streep," Nath? =P

Show off Ms. Streep, show off. We'll love you for it. :)

~ santy

NATHANIEL R said...

santy ---you don't even know how much i regret typing that in re: to Blanchett.

argh

anyway it IS true still in a way. she's always reviewed well, she's technically accomplished, she has pretty big range. i just feel she doesn't get under the skin of the character and that's where she falls short. plus unlike Meryl she can't overcome bad casting.

daveylow said...

Meryl is an excellent singer. I saw her do a full musical on stage--Happy End--and she was perfect.

I think this is an odd project for her but it will definitely allow her to be funny. Unless they rewrite the story and turn it into a Greek tragedy--the current show takes place in Greece, right? It's a rip-off of Buona Sera Mrs. Campbell, which was also turned into another stage musical Carmelina.

Stephen G said...

As an ABBA fan (though no great fan of MM!), I'm thrilled they cast an actress who can sing and is actually the right age for the material.

And Miranda Priestly in the Prada novel was a pretty simplistic character, but Streep added so much to the film role. I'm confident she can do the same here.

Kamikaze Camel said...

Whenever I think of Mamma Mia! I think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding for whatever reason. And now this film is to be produced by Tom Hanks! I'm not even sure why I connect them, but I do and now it's getting freaky.