Marisa Tomei has been offered the role of Lady Anne in the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” She would be teamed with Ian McKellen, who won accolades for his perf in the title role on a U.S. tour of the Royal National Theatre production.
The role would be a marked turn for Tomei, whose credits include “Only You,” “The Paper” and “Untamed Heart.” She next stars in the romantic comedy “The Perez Family” from Samuel Goldwyn.
“Richard III,” adapted by McKellen and Richard Eyre from their legit staging, is being produced by Stephen Bayly and Lisa Pare and directed by Richard Loncraine.
So can the actress who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a gum-smacking, Brooklyn smart-aleck in “My Cousin Vinny” carry off a proper British accent? It’s not as much of a stretch as it might seem: Tomei recently tackled a Russian accent, and won critical plaudits for her performance as a post-Soviet lesbian in Tony Kushner’s “Slavs” Off Broadway.
According to one insider, “Richard met with her and she acquitted herself beautifully. He thought she could do anything she put her hand to.”
Both Tomei and the filmmakers are said to be interested in doing the project together.