Mary Steenburgen Joins Fellow Oscar-Winner Anne Hathaway For Song One
Last winter Anne Hathaway blew audiences away with her harrowing portrayal of the victimized Fantine in Tom Hooper's Les Misérables. While the film itself got mixed reviews, Hathaway was roundly celebrated for her show-stopping performance of Fantine's songs. Moreover, many considered her a lock for the Academy Award by an Actress in a Supporting Role - an honor she later won. It's little wonder then that this dazzling actress/singer is following Les Mis up with another music-centric drama Song One. And this time around, she'll have the support of another Oscar-winning actress.
Deadline reports Mary Steenburgen, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Jonathan Demme's Melvin And Howard in 1981, has joined this independent drama. Hathaway will star as a young woman who befriends her brother's favorite indie rock star while said brother is in a coma. Steenburgen will play Hathaway's mother. Johnny Flynn, who recently starred in the indie drama Lotus Eaters, will play the beloved musician named James Forrester.
Song One will mark the feature debut of its writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland - though it won't mark her first collaboration with Hathaway. The filmmaker first worked with the polarizing ingénue in 2006 when she was the assistant to director David Frankel on the set of Hathaway vehicle The Devil Wears Prada. It speaks well for the first-time filmmaker and her script that her debut feature has attracted two such celebrated actresses. With production for Song One slated for this summer, we expect the drama will open sometime next year. But in the meantime, look for Steenburgen in the old men gone wild comedy Last Vegas.
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