Casting Call: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

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Published April 2, 2015

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

Based on the book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical debuted on Broadway in October 2013. Since then, the musical has earned seven Tony nominations (it won two: Best Actress for Jessie Mueller and Best Sound Design) and set house records at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Its success has also prompted a London West End production (with eight Laurence Olivier Award nominations) and a North American touring company, which will begin in the fall. Now, the Broadway production has received the greatest accolade of all: it will be adapted into a feature film.
 
Sony Pictures has obtained the rights to the songbook, and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce it along with Paul Blake, the lead producer of the Broadway show. Hanks and Goetzman produced also the 2008 hit musical film Mamma Mia! and 1996’s That Thing You Do!, so we don’t doubt their ability to deliver a contemporary spin on timeless classics.
 
If you don’t already love Carole King’s landmark recordings, you’ll fall for her life story—it’s one rife with inspiration, love, defeats, and triumphs. Here are our suggestions for the actors and actresses capable of bringing Carole King’s epic biography to you a theater near you.

Casting Call runs every Friday. For more, click here.