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Glenn Close to star as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard movie musical

Glenn Close to star as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard movie musical

Glenn Close performing as Norma Desmond at the Royal Albert Hall

Glenn Close is reprising her acclaimed role as Norma Desmond in the musical Sunset Boulevard, but this time on the big screen.

Paramount tapped Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford to direct the flick. This will be his directorial debut with a feature film.

The musical is based on Billy Wilder’s Oscar-winning 1950 film of the same name. With¬†book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical originally opened in London in 1993.

Sunset Boulevard takes place during the height of Classic Hollywood, in 1949. It follows faded silent film star Norma Desmond, who believes she is still as popular and in demand as ever.

When she meets young screenwriter Joe, she sees an opportunity to make her grand return to the screen.

What follows, however, is romance, tragedy, and drama behind the starry Hollywood glitz and glamour.

The original Broadway musical won seven Tonys in 1995, including Best Musical.

Close’s award-winning career – but no Oscar

Close was in the original Broadway cast for Sunset Boulevard and her performance won her one of the seven Tonys in 1995.

More than a decade later, she stepped into the shoes of Norma Desmond again in the 2016 London revival. She won the Evening Standard Award for this reprisal.

Close is the most-nominated Oscars actress without ever having a win. Many thought she would win her first this year, but Olivia Colman made a surprise comeback and won Best Leading Actress for The Favourite.

People are already talking online about Close winning an Oscar for Sunset Boulevard in the near future.

Ashford has numerous Tony nominations under his belt and one win. He won Best Choreography in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Paramount is eyeing a fall start date for Sunset Boulevard.

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