There's been a lot of talk about a musical based on the new movie MY WEEK WITH MARILYN ever since Harvey Weinsten expressed interest last month in bringing the story of the blonde bombshell to the Broadway stage, starring music star Katy Perry.
If the plans become a reality, he needn't look for someone to replace Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier: Branagh himself tells E! News that "if Harvey sees it as a musical, then I think there's going to be something amazing come out of it. And if Katy was going to do it, I think that there'd have to be something amazing come out of that, too."
Branagh is no stranger to the stage. He recently completed a sell-out run in Belfast of a new comedy The Painkiller in which he co-starred with Rob Brydon; additionally, he starred in Radio 4’s epic adaptation of Vasily Grossman’s Life And Fate and he is currently filming the third series of the BBC’s hugely popular and BAFTA award-winning Wallander in which he plays Henning Mankell’s best-selling Swedish detective and which will be on our screens in 2012. Branagh’s cinema work as an actor includes roles in films he also directed such as Henry V, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Frankenstein, Dead Again and Peter’s Friends as well as Woody Allen’s Celebrity, Philip Noyce’s Rabbit Proof Fence, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, The Boat That Rocked and Valkyrie.
Though he hasn't much experience in musicals, Branagh says he'd give it a try for MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. "I've got my dancing shoes in the cupboard. I haven't used them in a while, though, and I'll start the singing lessons now," he joked.