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Glenn Close’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Film Adaptation Set to Begin Filming

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We're starting our Oscar campaign now.

The long-awaited film adaptation of the Sunset Boulevard musical has found a director and will begin shooting later this year with Glenn Close starring, IndieWire reports.

Close won a Tony Award for the lead role of Norma Desmond, an eccentric silent movie star who falls for a young screenwriter set to write her comeback film, when the Broadway show opened in 1994. She also starred in the musical's 2017 revival. The musical is an adaption of the famous 1950 film.

After Close's shocking Oscar loss last month, production on the film has been full speed ahead and now has a director. Choreographer Rob Ashford, who won a Tony for his work on Thoroughly Modern Millie, will helm Close's passion project. Ashford is also a gay man who was named to the 2013 Out 100.

Several people feel like this is the film that will finally get Close the Oscar after 7 nominations and no wins. Bryan Fuller, showrunner behind queer favorites like Pushing Daisies and Hannibal wrote on Twitter: "SHE GONNA GET THAT OSCAR. The universe is working its way out, ya'll. I would much rather she win for 'Sunset Boulevard' than 'The Wife.' Glenn, the Universe wants you to have your Oscar for this signature role. All will be good."

Close was widely predicted to be this year's best actress winner for her role in The Wife, but ended up losing to Olivia Colman, who portrayed Queen Anne in The Favourite. Production on the film is expected to begin in the fall, which means that Close might sit out the 2020 Oscars, but should be back for 2021.

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