Movies are a fickle business.

Hugh Grant was the man most recently tipped to play Henry Higgins in the big screen remake of My Fair Lady, alongside Cary Mulligan as Eliza, despite producer Cameron Mackintosh pushing for Colin Firth.

One small movie and a few awards later, and The King’s Speech star Firth is now all lined up to take over where Rex Harrison left off.

Movies of hit plays and musicals are the thing of the moment, with Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black, Spielberg filming War Horse, Will Smith working on a new film of Annie and Wicked set for a movie version.

RUMOUR CHECK-LIST

  • Movie: My Fair Lady
  • Casting: Cary Mulligan, Colin Firth
  • Producer: Sony, Cameron Mackintosh, Duncan Kenworthy
  • Date of release: 2012?
  • Screenplay: Emma Thompson
  • Director: TBC
Source: Daily Mail (18/02/11)