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Catherine Zeta-Jones or Scarlett Johansson or Anne Hathaway – Who could pull off the role of Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia St

IF there was a Broadway revival of The Philadelphia Story, which actress would be best suited to play the role of Tracy Lord?

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Scarlett Johansson or Anne Hathaway.

Only choose between these three.

by Anonymousreply 3805/11/2013

Shoot forgot to do poll, oh well. Who would you choose?

by Anonymousreply 102/27/2013

Hathaway.

Johansson is too much of a guttersnipe and CZJ would be better cast as Tracy's mother.

by Anonymousreply 202/27/2013

Traci Lords should do it.

by Anonymousreply 302/27/2013

Not a fan but of those three, Anne Hathaway. ScaJo is, as R2 said, too guttersnipe and Zeta Jones is too old... she'd be better as the newspaper reporter, the role Ruth Hussey played in the movie and Celeste Holm in HIGH SOCIETY, the musical remake.

At one time Gwyneth (during her IT girl phase) could have played her. In fact her mother Blythe Danner played Tracy in the Lincoln Center revival back in the early 80's.

by Anonymousreply 402/27/2013

Although I don't think she's ideal for Tracy, Scarlett Johannson is not just a guttersnipe (although, unfortunately, she's been tragically misdirected as Maggie the Guttersnipe). For instance, there was nothing gutternsipe about her in Lost in Translation or in Hitchock.

by Anonymousreply 502/27/2013

Jeremy Renner

by Anonymousreply 602/27/2013

None of the three you list.

by Anonymousreply 702/27/2013

It should be Gwynneth's big comeback role!

Seriously, Hepburn originally played the role because she was percieved as being too hoity-toity to be likeable. So, she tailored the role to humanize her upper-class image, something Gwynneth desperately needs.

by Anonymousreply 802/27/2013

Anne shows her cunt all the time, so.

by Anonymousreply 902/27/2013

I agree about Jeremy Renner. Certainly much more than the talent-free egotwats mentioned. Renner could bring a touch of that silliness we know he had lurking behind that shrimpy, dull exterior. He could pull out his high-C accent, which we hear is hilarious at parties and when his food is served cold at restaurants. And, of course, he'd look great in the clothes. His wide, flat ass was MADE for 1940.

by Anonymousreply 1002/27/2013

And the answer is:

Rebecca Hall

by Anonymousreply 1102/27/2013

Hello! Jennifer Lawrence would be spectacular in that role!

by Anonymousreply 1202/27/2013

WTF is Rebecca Hall???

by Anonymousreply 1302/27/2013

Rebecca Hall is ordinary. Rosamund Pike would be better.

Hathaway is best of the three choices.

by Anonymousreply 1402/28/2013

Stupid thread.

by Anonymousreply 1502/28/2013

99.999999% of America doesn't know a lot of people who will one day be big stars. What's your point?

by Anonymousreply 1602/28/2013

"At one time Gwyneth (during her IT girl phase) could have played her. In fact her mother Blythe Danner played Tracy in the Lincoln Center revival back in the early 80's."

As much as I love Danner, that was a mediocre, blandly directed revival and she didn't seem truly confortable in the role.

None of OP's suggestions should be allowed anywhere near the part of Tracy. Don't think Rebecca Hall has the right style for Tracy - she's too grounded.

Michelle Dockery from DOWNTON ABBEY has the right composure and "attitude" for Tracy, but she's so reserved that she lacks the energy level to carry a show like that.

by Anonymousreply 1702/28/2013

Charlize Theron would be perfection.

by Anonymousreply 1802/28/2013

Theron has some of the qualities for Tracy but she's never shown that much talent for comedy, or at least the kind of comedy that is represented by Philip Barry plays.

by Anonymousreply 1902/28/2013

Natalie Portman!

by Anonymousreply 2002/28/2013

Tracey Lord should be aged 27-30, any older and "The Philadelphia Story" becomes "Old Maid Story"!

by Anonymousreply 2102/28/2013

r21, Kate Hepburn had no problem with Tracy and she was over 33. Moreover, Tracy has already been married once when the play starts (not exactly a minor detail but one you've apparently forgotten).; so she's not an old maid.

by Anonymousreply 2202/28/2013

Jessica Chastain. I don't like your choices.

by Anonymousreply 2302/28/2013

Thanks for the complement op but I'm almost two years older than Anne Hathaway. I doubt I could pass for the role.

by Anonymousreply 2402/28/2013

I would love to do it, but that role is written for a much older actress.

by Anonymousreply 2502/28/2013

Roundabout is actually doing The Philadelphia Story this fall, directed by Alex Timbers. Their most recent reading starred Scarlett Johansson, Jon Hamm and John Krasinski.

by Anonymousreply 2602/28/2013

Uhm, no r22, I DID remember that, that's why I pegged Tracy as OLD as 27+. In the 1930s, how old do you think young, pretty, wealthy girls were at the time of their first wedding? Twenty-seven would be a VERY ADVANCED age for a girl who had not been married once already!

by Anonymousreply 2703/01/2013

Rebecca Hall

by Anonymousreply 2803/01/2013

Hathaway is too low rent.

by Anonymousreply 2903/01/2013

Wasn't Gwyneth supposed to play it in the UK at one time?

by Anonymousreply 3003/01/2013

I think Kevin Spacey offered Gwyneth the role at his theatre (to play opposite him) but she turned it down and Jennifer Ehle took the role.

by Anonymousreply 3103/01/2013

Kidman is too old, but she would be fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 3203/01/2013

R23, if you saw Chastain in THE HEIRESS, you'd take your suggestion back quickly.

by Anonymousreply 3303/01/2013

Age isn't important when casting Tracy. In the 1930s, an actress had to be under thirty to be considered hot, but today we have dermatologists, trainers, surgeons, and fertility specialists, etc. People with money look good for a long, long time!

Today, an actress in her thirties or even forties could play Tracy Lord. It's plausible that a woman with money, looks, and wit could attract three men when she's thirty-five, or old enough to pass for thirty-five under stage lighting.

by Anonymousreply 3403/01/2013

[quote] Today, an actress in her thirties or even forties could play Tracy Lord. It's plausible that a woman with money, looks, and wit could attract three men when she's thirty-five, or old enough to pass for thirty-five under stage lighting.

So why not CZJ?

by Anonymousreply 3503/01/2013

Lily Rabe

by Anonymousreply 3603/01/2013

I would say it also depends on who is directing. There are so few directors that are good and good at directing performances. Too many cast actors that already seem to have enough of the character in them to not need too much direction but then the character lacks all the nuance that makes performances great. You can get a decent performance from type casting but great acting comes from the collaboration of the raw talent meeting the genius of a director.

by Anonymousreply 3703/01/2013

The Director, Alex, has been a friend of mine for years. Really talented and down to earth guy. He told me when working on a recent show that the biggest issue he faces is battling with producers about what they think is right vs. what may be creatively best for the show. I also worked in theater and film and, in my experience, found that directors have less say in things than one would probably assume.

by Anonymousreply 3805/11/2013
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