Pushing Daisies’ Anna Friel will star as Holly Golightly in a new stage version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s opening in London this fall, according to Variety. I loved Daisies, in all its primary-colored whimsy, so I’m pleased that the lovely Friel has such a great role in her future. Still, a young actress taking on anything associated with the ever-beloved Audrey Hepburn is setting herself up for quite a backlash. There’s a trail of discarded magazine headlines dubbing one winsome brunette or another the “next Audrey Hepburn.” Unfairly or not, most have not lived up to the title. (But keep trying, Jennifer Love Hewitt!)
It’s not always their fault of course – Hepburn is almost canonized at this point, and it’s impossible to measure up to a saint. There’s a deep, dark secret to all this Hepburn worship, though: Breakfast at Tiffany’s isn’t a very good movie. Hepburn is as charming and gorgeous as always, but the movie completely defangs the dark Truman Capote novella it’s based on. I am curious to see what Friel does with the Golightly role, and if the stage version is more faithful to Capote’s original tone.
What do you think? Are you glad Friel’s got some Golightly in her future? Or is this just Hepburn heresy?
Side note: When I first read the sentence “Anna Friel will star as Holly Golightly,” I misread it as “Anna Faris will star as Holly Golightly.” How awesome would that be? Maybe Faris is the next Audrey Hepburn.