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Streep joins Denzel

05.22.2003

Meryl Streep, who yesterday it was announced was attached to star alongside Reese Witherspoon in DAUGHTER OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA, has signed on to co-star with Denzel Washington in the remake of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. Streep will fill the role that won Angela Lansbury an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The original film, directed by the late John Frankenheimer, starred Frank Sinatra as a Korean War vet who returns to find he's a pawn in an assassination plot. This updated version is expected to be modernized to the Gulf War, though I wonder how some of the political issues from the original will carry over through the years. The remake will be directed by Jonathan Demme who had early success with SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and PHILADELPHIA but has struggled of late with THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE and BELOVED. Filming is expected to begin this September for a late-2004 release.

Source: Variety
Tags: Hollywood

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