No, it's not a re-make of Les Miz with a happier ending for Fantine. Peter Bogdanovich, best known for directing the Academy Award-winning film The Last Picture Show, will be directing a new comedy, She's Funny That Way, about a married Broadway director who falls in love with a former prostitute and helps to advance her current career as an actress. Golden Globe nominated actor Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris) will star as the infidel director opposite Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) who will play the aspiring prostitute-turned-actress. It was recently reported that Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Jennifer Aniston, best known as Rachel on Friends (or maybe better known as Brad Pitt's ex), will also be joining the cast in the role of a therapist whose mother has entered a rehab for alcoholism. The film's cast will also include Kathryn Hahn (Crossing Jordan), Jason Schwartzman (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Emmy winner and Christopher Guest film regular Eugene Levy, and the Golden Globe winner Cybil Shepherd (The Last Picture Show).
The cast features several theater alums, including Kathryn Hahn, who starred in the Broadway production of Boeing Boeing in 2008; Jennifer Aniston, who performed in Broadway's The 24 Hour Plays in 2006 and 2009; Eugene Levy, who participated in a 1997 Encores! Concert of Promises, Promises; and the film's star, Brie Larson, who played Emily Webb in a production of Our Town at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2010.
The world of Broadway has been a popular subject in cinema for decades, with films ranging from the 1950 classic All About Eve, about a Broadway star in the twilight of her career, to the 1997 Christopher Guest Mockumentary Waiting For Guffman, about a theater troupe with big Broadway dreams – based in the Podunk town of Blaine, Missouri . Only time will tell if Brie Larson is a Bette Davis or a Parker Posey, but we'll give the Pretty Woman a shot.