Carey Mulligan to star in My Fair Lady?

An Education star Carey Mulligan is set to play Eliza Doolittle in the long-touted My Fair Lady remake being penned by Emma Thompson. Maybe.

Thompson herself told BBC News that Mulligan had scored the role made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the original 1964 film (based on the 1956 Broadway musical starring Julie Andrews, itself a remake of the 1938 film Pygmalionphew).

However, Mulligan danced around the topic when asked by Collider if she would indeed be taking on the role as Thompson had claimed.

“Well, that’s hugely flattering and that would be great. I really don’t know, at this point, what’s happening with that. That’s lovely that Emma said that. That’s really nice. But, I honestly don’t know.”

Going back to Thompson’s interview with the BBC, the actress/screenwriter said she hoped Hugh Grant would take the part of Henry Higgins (played by Rex Harrison on both the stage and screen).

“But we still don’t know about [Henry] Higgins. I love Hugh so I’d love him to do it, he might want to, he might not want to, so we don’t know yet. But hopefully we’ll make it later this year.”

Last October we reported that Keira Knightley had beaten Scarlett Johansson to the part of Eliza Doolittle. But that was before Carey scored an Oscar nomination for her breakout performance in Best Picture nominee An Education. Back then, Joe Wright was slated to direct. It now seems John Madden will helm the feature.

We look forward to reporting confirmed news about this project in the coming weeks.

Discuss: I was hardly ahead of the curve when I predicted that Mulligan would be the next big indie ingénue to watch back in January of 2009, but for posterity’s sake, check out our first (of our many, many) posts dedicated to the lovely Ms. Mulligan. Oh, they’re here and here.

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