Maggie Gyllenhaal To Join Peter Sarsgaard In Bill Monroe Biopic
If you're not a child under the age of 10 or don't have any of your own, you may be surprised to learn that not only does Maggie Gyllenhaal play a lead role in Nanny McPhee Returns, but she's actually really good in it, nailing the right comic tone and posh British accent. She's doing the publicity rounds now to promote the movie, and talking to Screen Crave that she'll have an upcoming role opposite her husband, Peter Sarsgaard.
We learned in late June that Sarsgaard would be starring in a biopic about bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, but apparently she'll be joining him-- and bringing her Oscar-winning Crazy Heart collaborator T. Bone Burnett with her:
Bill Monroe, who invented Blue Grass music had a kind of Sid and Nancy style affair with this woman Bessie Lee Mauldin throughout his life and T-Bone Burnett’s going to do the music and Callie Khouri who wrote Thelma & Louise wrote the script so we’re going to do that together.
This the first we've heard of T. Bone Burnett's involvement, and if a Gyllenhaal-Sarsgaard matchup weren't enough to get me interested, that definitely seals the deal. With Khouri still working on the script it will probably be a while before we see the final product, but isn't this kind of match-up worth the wait? The two said in February of last year that they wouldn't team up again at the movies (they worked together in a production of Uncle Vanya in New York), but I suppose anyone will change their mind if the right project comes along. All the better for us, I'd say.
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