Norma Desmond has found herself a new director.
The big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard musical is now closer to starting to production now that Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford has been named as director. Seven-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close is set to star, reprising her role of forgotten silent film star, Norma Desmond.
Close starred in the musical on London’s West End, and for two Broadway runs—most recently in 2016. Webber will also be on the producers on the film.
Ashford won a Tony for best choreography in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was nominated for Curtains, Cry-Baby, Promises, Promises, and Evita.
Twitter users are already gearing up for Close to get her eighth Oscar nomination for the role, and hoping she finally wins after her surprising loss to Olivia Colman for Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards. Close won a Tony in 1995 for playing Norma in the original run of Sunset Boulevard.
THE UNIVERSE IS WORKING ITS WAY OUT, Y'ALL. I would MUCH rather she win for SUNSET BOULEVARD than THE WIFE. Glenn, the Universe wants you to have your Oscar for this signature role. All will be good. #Mueller, you are up.
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) March 1, 2019
Could Close finally snatch that Oscar gold? We have awhile until we find out since according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sunset Boulevard isn’t slated to begin production until later this year.