Will Anne Hathaway Reprise This Classic Role?


Back in 2006, The Devil Wears Prada granted audiences one of the most cutthroat fashion face-offs to ever hit screens. Now, 11 years later, producer Kevin McCollum has announced a Broadway adaption is officially underway. Thus far, no casting announcements have been made, but it's difficult to imagine the classic dramedy without its standout female leads. So, will Anne Hathway be in the Devil Wears Prada musical?

At such an early stage, it's a tricky call to make. As reported by the New York Times, Elton John is developing the musical alongside playwright Paul Rudnick and McCollum, but that's as far as team details go. The story will be translated from both the 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger and the 2006 film from 20th Century Fox, which starred Hathaway as Andy Sachs, an aspiring journalist who's forced to endure the hellish reign of Runway editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) when she accepts a job as her assistant.

Still, McCollum has been working on the project for roughly two years, and it's tough to believe he hasn't at least toyed with the idea of approaching Hathaway to reprise her role. She campaigned hard for the original part, even subtly tracing "hire me" in the sand of a zen garden when she first met former Fox VP Carla Hacken, according to Variety.

Hathaway also has a musical background. She's dabbled in theater throughout her career, and played Fantine in Tom Hooper's 2012 musical film, Les Misérables. She's frequently contributed to movie soundtracks, too, singing songs for Ella Enchanted (2004), Hoodwinked (2005), Rio (2011), and Rio 2 (2012). Last year, she even appeared on Barbra Streisand's 35th album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, on which she sang "At the Ballet" from A Chorus Line with Daisy Ridley.

Though Hathaway certainly has a packed schedule — she's set to appear in Ocean's Eight later this year — perhaps a leap to Broadway would be a fun career move. Fingers crossed they'll start rolling out casting announcements soon.