Hugh Grant tipped for My Fair Lady
Hugh Grant is rumoured to have been approached to star as Henry Higgins in a new film version of My Fair Lady.
Sir Cameron Mackintosh is remaking the classic musical, which originally starred Sir Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn, with Carey Mulligan tipped to play Eliza Doolittle.
A source told The Daily Telegraph that Emma Thompson, who wrote the screenplay and is a friend of Grant's, had recommended him to director John Madden, adding: "He can't sing, but then neither could Rex."
Meanwhile Patrick Garland, who directed Sir Rex on Broadway in My Fair Lady, told the newspaper he has been "intrigued" by the Chichester Festival Theatre's casting of Rupert Everett as Higgins in its production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - the play which inspired the musical - this summer.
He said: "I'll be very interested to see how Everett interprets the part. I'm sure Grant will be fine in the film, but it will take a very big character indeed to banish Rex's ghost."