A new take on the 1991 film Thelma & Louise is apparently on its way, with Variety reports that Amanda Seyfried is developing a musical adaptation of the Ridley Scott-directed film. The outlet also notes that Evan Rachel Wood may be close to securing a role in the project, though it’s unknown which of these actors would play which roles. Reports of such a project date back to at least 2021, with original writer Callie Khouri also attached to the project, as well as musician Neko Case and Haley Feiffer (Dear Edward). Stay tuned for more information on the Thelma & Louise musical.
Earlier this week, Seyfried won a Golden Globe Award for her work on Hulu’s The dropout, although the presentation confirmed she was not attending as she was “deep into making a new musical”, sparking speculation about what such a project might be. With the cult status of her music films Mama Mia! and Mama Mia! Here we go againsome viewers thought it could be another installment in that series, with the actor taking to Instagram to address her absence.
“I’m in New York,” Seyfried continued Instagram. “I was on FaceTime with my Drop out team, my great Drop out team that are the reason I got this award. It is a real honor to be part of that. I had to miss it because I’m doing something magical and musical. So I’m finally going to do something I’ve never really done before. That’s all I can really say about it. Hopefully more soon. But it’s a lot of work. It’s more fun and it was a great night. So instead of an acceptance speech, I’m just going to say thank you to everyone Drop out family and my family.”
In the original movie, Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) head out for a fun weekend away from their everyday lives with a fishing trip, but when a man they meet sexually assaults Thelma, Louise shoots the man. Fearing the police won’t believe their story, the pair become fugitives, and when they are finally cornered by the police, they drive their car into the Grand Canyon in an instantly iconic finale.
Despite the story’s popularity, it hasn’t earned a remake or reboot over the years, with writer Khouri previously teasing that this new version would be a reimagining of the original concept.
“It’s a completely different animal,” she explained The Hollywood Reporter in 2021. “We have a book and we have music, but because of the pandemic, we haven’t been together for a very, very long time. So it’s still in its infancy, but it’s promising. I don’t want to say too much about it. ”
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