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    Hi. I’m a screenwriter who is just getting started. Currently, I’m well through the process of writing a screenplay that will be posted on the Black List, and will almost certainly end up near the top of the list due to the subject matter alone.

    It is a biopic of Greer Garson, the seven-time Oscar nominee and Best Actress winner for ‘Mrs. Miniver,’ widely considered to be one of the best films of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She has never been portrayed onscreen by another actress. Ever. Not even in a film that doesn’t center around her.

    I’m posting today because I want to ask for your opinions on who would make the best casting and directing choices for a film to maximize its Oscar chances.

    Right now, my first choice for director is Damien Chazelle. As for the six main cast members:

    Greer Garson: Isla Fisher

    Walter Pidgeon: Jon Hamm

    Nina Garson (Greer’s mother): Kathy Bates

    Richard Ney (Greer’s second husband): Liam Hemsworth

    Louis B. Mayer: Christian Bale (in yet another transformation)

    Buddy Fogelson (Greer’s third husband): Matthew McConaughey

     

    Give you opinions, please!

     

    UPDATE 1/18/2017

    Okay. It’s been almost four days, and so far all but one response to this thread have consisted only of casting suggestions for Greer Garson. No casting suggestions for the other main cast members (Walter Pidgeon, Nina Garson, Richard Ney, Louis B. Mayer, and Buddy Fogelson), and no directing suggestions.  I apologize if I didn’t make myself clear that I wanted suggestions for those other characters and for directing.

    Going forward, I would appreciate it if every response consisted of casting suggestions for:


    Greer Garson (try to choose someone born between 1966 and 1992)

    Walter Pidgeon (try to choose someone born between 1959 and 1985)

    Nina Garson (try to choose someone born between 1942 and 1968)

    Richard Ney (try to choose someone born between 1980 and 2000)

    Louis B. Mayer (try to choose either Christian Bale or someone born between 1946 and 1972)

    Buddy Fogelson (on the right in the photo; try to choose someone born between 1962 and 1978)

    I apologize for previous statements that called certain actors or actresses “too old” or “too young” if they fall within those brackets.

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    vinny
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    I think that Isla Fisher kinda looks her but for some reason I keep thinking Amy Adams or maybe Margot Robbie as well.

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    Miles
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    Amy. Adams.

    She needs an Oscar.
    She looks like Isla Fisher if that’s the look you’re going for, and in turn looks like Greer Garson.
    She could seriously pull it off.

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    I think Isla Fisher would be a great choice. But does she have the chops to play this part?

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    I read somewhere that Catherine Zeta-Jones’ take on Olivia de Havilland in “Feud” was looking more like Greer Garson than ODH. So, here you are.

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    I think that Isla Fisher kinda looks her but for some reason I keep thinking Amy Adams or maybe Margot Robbie as well.

    Amy Adams could work. Though there are two major problems that she would face. First, she doesn’t seem to have the vocal range that Greer had, even when she speaks in a British accent. Isla on the other hand does. Watch her in Burke and Hare. At some points (particularly when she’s onstage playing MacBeth) she sounds almost exactly like Greer. The second major problem for Amy is that during the production of Mrs. Miniver, Greer had to deal with William Wyler, whose onset persona bore some resemblance to that of David O. Russell. Given Amy’s experiences while filming American Hustle, having to re-enact the filming of Mrs. Miniver could bring back bad memories for her.

    As for Margot, I can’t picture her in the role. Based on what I’ve seen of her work, she tends to play characters who are either trashy and/or ruthless. Greer was the exact opposite of that type of persona, both onscreen and in real life. Also, Margot doesn’t seem to have the right vocal range.

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    Miles
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    As for Margot, I can’t picture her in the role. Based on what I’ve seen of her work, she tends to play characters who are either trashy and/or ruthless. Greer was the exact opposite of that type of persona, both onscreen and in real life. Also, Margot doesn’t seem to have the right vocal range.

    Robbie is about to play Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots so we will see.

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    I think your ideal cast is great! Here’s my picks

    Greer Garson: Amy Adams

    Walter Pidgeon: Christian Bale

    Nina Garson : Glenn Close

    Richard Ney : Armie Hammer

    Louis B. Mayer: Simon McBurney

    Buddy Fogelson: Robert De Niro (depends on how old Buddy is in the film)

     

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    Debra Messing looks like her.

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    J H
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    does anyone not obsessed with oscars even know who a greer garson is?

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    Amy. Adams. She needs an Oscar. She looks like Isla Fisher if that’s the look you’re going for, and in turn looks like Greer Garson. She could seriously pull it off.

    Both Amy and Isla are in need of Oscars. While Amy has been nominated five times, Isla hasn’t been nominated even once, which is a damn shame. Personally, I think she could’ve had a chance of receiving nominations for Wedding CrashersThe Great Gatsby, and Nocturnal Animals, had it not been for other factors such as the film being a hardcore comedy in the case of the first film, and her character being whittled down to a fraction of its in-book counterpart in the latter two films.

    Nevertheless, I think Amy could work, but it would actually be more difficult for her to pull it off than it would be for Isla to do so. Why? First, Isla has a vocal range to where she seems capable do a convincing impression of Greer Garson. Amy doesn’t. And second, there is a good chance Amy would turn the role down if it were offered to her, because it would require her to relive the experiences she had with David O. Russell on the set of American Hustle while filming the scenes where Greer has to deal with William Wyler, who in some ways was the O. Russell of the 1940s.

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    I think Isla Fisher would be a great choice. But does she have the chops to play this part?

    Oh, yeah. Most people don’t realize that she’s more than capable of doing drama as well as comedy. She was one of the leads on a soap opera, Home and Away, for a few years back in the ’90s. And then there’s her stint in Nocturnal Animals. Had she had more screentime, she probably would’ve been a serious contender for Best Supporting Actress at last year’s Oscars. Meanwhile, she seems to be headed towards another chance at the Oscars with The Starling, where she will be playing a woman who is contemplating suicide after her baby daughter dies under mysterious circumstances.

    In addition, Greer Garson did not solely do dramatic roles. She also did a few comedies, such as Julia Misbehaves. Isla would probably do an excellent job recreating scenes from that film in particular.

    And then there’s her vocal range. At some points in Burke and Hare, her voice is almost a near-match to Greer’s.

     

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    As for Margot, I can’t picture her in the role. Based on what I’ve seen of her work, she tends to play characters who are either trashy and/or ruthless. Greer was the exact opposite of that type of persona, both onscreen and in real life. Also, Margot doesn’t seem to have the right vocal range.

    Robbie is about to play Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots so we will see.

    True. This could be an opportunity to help Margot with her vocal range, but not her typecasting.

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    I read somewhere that Catherine Zeta-Jones’ take on Olivia de Havilland in “Feud” was looking more like Greer Garson than ODH. So, here you are.

    Wow. You’re right! And Zeta-Jones does seem to have the right vocal range, too. But there’s one problem. She’s almost 50. The biopic I’m writing ends when Greer is 45. I don’t want her to be played by anybody who’s older than let’s say 52 (seven years older than 45). If Zeta-Jones wants to be considered, she’s on the clock right now.

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    I think your ideal cast is great! Here’s my picks Greer Garson: Amy Adams Walter Pidgeon: Christian Bale Nina Garson : Glenn Close Richard Ney : Armie Hammer Louis B. Mayer: Simon McBurney Buddy Fogelson: Robert De Niro (depends on how old Buddy is in the film)

    Wow. This is a mixed basket here. Let me respond actor by actor.

    Amy Adams as Greer Garson- It could possibly work. But Amy doesn’t seem to have the vocal range necessary to do a convincing impression of Greer’s voice. She would have to pull of a performance on a scale surpassing all her previous ones in order to avoid the wrath of critics who pay attention to details such as the sounds of historical people’s voices. And then there’s some subject matter about Greer’s interactions with Hollywood producers and directors such as Louis B. Mayer and William Wyler that would remind Amy of her experiences with David O. Russell on the set of American Hustle, and possibly scare her away.

    Christian Bale as Walter Pidgeon- No. Walter Pidgeon had an incredibly deep voice. Christian’s vocal range is not even close to that of Walter’s. His performance likely would be panned.

    Glenn Close as Nina Garson- That would definitely work. Another Oscar nomination for her!

    Armie Hammer as Richard Ney- No, no, and noThat would be a horrendous miscast. Too old, and a vocal range that is even further from his character’s than Bale vs. Pidgeon.

    Simon McBurney as Louis B. Mayer- That could work. I haven’t seen any of his movies, though, so who knows? He certainly looks the part.

    Robert De Niro as Buddy Fogelson- No. Way too old. He’s in his mid 70s. My screenplay is supposed to end when Buddy is in his late 40s. And plus, I haven’t seen enough of his work to know if he can do a convincing Texas accent.

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