The past few years of television and film have been chock full of remakes. With the trend of nostalgia proving extremely lucrative, it seems like no classic property is safe from being remade these days, including classic movie musicals. Case in point: the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors, which is currently being developed as a remake by Warner Bros. Not much is known about the upcoming Little Shop movie besides its director and writer, although new rumors indicate who may be playing the lead roles. Warner Brothers is reportedly approaching Rebel Wilson and Josh Gad to play Audrey and Seymour respectively.
This rumor comes to us from The Hashtag Show, which is reporting that Rebel Wilson and Josh Gad are currently in early talks to play the leading roles in Little Shop of Horrors. This is probably a great idea, as both actors have proved their comedic chops, singing prowess, and are big enough names to help get butts in the seats when Little Shop eventually returns to the silver screen.
Rebel Wilson may be a surprising choice to play Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, mostly due how different her look is from OG Audrey Ellen Greene. Greene's name is synonymous with her role as Audrey, since she originated the role both on Broadway, the 1986 movie, as well as a recent production in New York opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Wilson is more full figured than Greene, which may upset the purists out there. But Little Shop has been put up countless times in the decades since its conception, Audreys of all different shapes and sizes have taken on the iconic role. Rebel Wilson has shown off her singing abilities in the Pitch Perfect franchise, as well as a recent go as Ursula in The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl.
Josh Gad, conversely, seems like the pitch perfect (lol) choice to play Seymour Krelborn. Gad is an accomplished Broadway actor who earned a Tony nomination for originating the role of Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon. He's also lent his singing and speaking voice as Olaf in Frozen, and recently made waves for playing Disney's first openly gay character in the remake of Beauty and the Beast. He's got all of the charm and comedic prowess to play the somewhat pitiable protagonist, and I can't think of another Hollywood actor who would be better suited to bring Seymour back to the big screen.
Little Shop of Horrors is currently set to be directed by Greg Berlanti based off of a script crafted by Matthew Robinson. We'll be sure to update you on the film as details become public; in the meantime, be sure to check our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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