Barbra Streisand Directing ‘Catherine the Great’ Movie

Barbra Streisand Catherine the Great
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Barbra Streisand will direct the historical drama “Catherine the Great” with casting under way.

The gig will be Streisand’s fourth following “Yentl,” “The Prince of Tides” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”

Gil Netter is producing. Streisand will direct from a Black List script by Kristina Lauren Anderson about the young Catherine, who was trapped in an abusive marriage with the heir to the Russian throne. When her inept husband proved incapable of ruling, she utilized her intelligence, fortitude and passion to rise to power, becoming Catherine the Great.

In 1984, Streisand became the first woman to win a Golden Globe for best director for “Yentl.” She was first woman to direct, write, produce and star in a major studio film.

Netter’s credits include “Life Of Pi,” “The Blind Side” and “Water for Elephants.” His upcoming slate includes “The Graveyard Book,” directed by Ron Howard; “Just Mercy” with Broad Green Pictures; “The Glass Castle” for Lionsgate; and “The Shack,” starring Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw.

Anderson was recently hired to co-write “The Black Count” with Cary Fukunaga for Sony. Her other projects include a Warner Bros. and Denise Di Novi adaptation of “Invisibility” and Studio Canal’s “Life and Death in Eden” with Grand Electric producing.

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  1. Please do not cast angelina jolie as Catherine the Great. She can’t act so will not be able to bring Catherine to life the way another skilled and talented actress can.

  2. Bill B. says:

    This not terribly interesting idea comes from out of nowhere to me. I’ve been hearing for years that she was going to be in a remake of Gypsy, which I have been anticipating, but at 73 now, that idea may be improbable.

  3. Long Time Fan says:

    So it’s goodbye Mama Rose and hello Catherine the Great? I’m so confused…

  4. RBBrittain says:

    Casting is “under way”? You sure Streisand hasn’t already cast herself in the title role?

  5. Sue Karr says:

    Again, please promise: NO HORSES!!

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