Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lea Michele in Talks to Star in Spring Awakening Film

Lea Michele is in talks to reprise her stage role as Wendla in the previously announced film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening. McG (Charlie's Angels, This Means War) is set to direct the film.

"We're talking to Lea Michele because she made the role of Wendla famous and we'll see if that works with the timing of her schedule," McG said. "I love Lea. When I first got turned onto the show she was in it, so it's her voice that echoes in my heart. I really think she's wonderful and we'll see where it takes us."

While no casting has been announced, McG plans to film the movie in eastern Europe and hopes it will feel "very similar to the [stage] production ... with a little Baz Luhrmann thrown in."

Featuring music by Duncan Shiek and lyrics and book by Steven Slater, Spring Awakening opened December 10, 2006 at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The musical, which tells the story of a group of German teenagers exploring their sexual sides for the first time, earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The original cast also featured Jonathan Groff and John Gallagher Jr. The musical ran for 859 performances.

Michele currently plays Rachel Berry on TV's Glee and recently made her feature film debut in New Year's Eve. She has also appeared on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, Ragtime and Les Miserables.

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