Adele as Nancy in ‘Oliver’ remake?

If rumours are true, British diva Adele might be on the big screen soon in a remake of the Oscar-winning musical, Oliver!.

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BY BILLY SUTER

SHE may have won an Oscar for composing the hit title song from the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall, but that is the closest British diva Adele has come to the big screen. Well, until now, it seems

The internet is aflutter with news that the 29-year-old, who also gave us such hits as Hello, Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You, is in early talks to play the role of Nancy in a remake of the Lionel Bart musical, Oliver!, the first film of which took the Best Picture Oscar in 1969.

The new film, it has been reported, originally by The Sun, will be produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Films, burt no official comment has come from Adele or her spokesmen.

Oliver!, based on Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist novel, starred Mark Lester in the title role. He also starred in such films as Melody! and Run Wild, Run Free, among others.

Nancy, portrayed by Shani Wallis in the first film version, is a character that befriends orphaned Oliver when he gets roped into a gang of London child pickpockets headed by the scheming Fagin, played in the first movie by Ron Moody.

The partner of menacing burglar Bill Sykes, who abuses her, Nancy gets to sing such songs as As Long As He Needs Me, Oom Pah Pah and I’d Do Anything.

The musical also features the popular songs Reviewing the Situation, Be Back Soon, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket Or Two  Consider Yourself, Where is Love? and Food, Glorious Food.

Wikipedia reports that the stage musical premiered in London’s West End, at the New Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre), on June 20 1960, and ran for 2 618 performances. Ron Moody was the original Fagin.

The film version, directed by Carol Reed and featuring Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger, received a special honorary Oscar for Onna White’s impressive choreography. The movie also took Academy Awards for Reed, sound, score and art/set direction, and had six other nominations.


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