Daisy Edgar-Jones to Lead Film Version of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
According to a Variety report, English actor Daisy Edgar-Jones will star as Carole King in the Sony screen adaptation of the Broadway biomusical Beautiful. Academy Award nominee Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) will direct the film.
Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, who co-wrote The Kids Are All Right, are collaborating on the screenplay for Beautiful. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone will produce, alongside Paul Blake, who also produced the stage musical. Sherry Kondor, Christine Russell, Steven Shareshian, and Mike Bosner will serve as executive producers.
Edgar-Jones is best known for her roles in Normal People (Golden Globe nomination), Fresh, Where The Crawdads Sing, and Under the Banner of Heaven (Golden Globe nomination).
Beautiful: The Carole King musical opened on Broadway January 12, 2014, and ran for nearly six years at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The stage show featured a book by Douglas McGrath and a song list of King's greatest hits, including "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "I Feel the Earth Move," and "You've Got a Friend." The production earned seven Tony nominations, including a Best Actress win for Jessie Mueller who starred in the title role.