Fresh off his monumental win for Best Actor at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, Taron Egerton may have just secured his next leading role. The Rocketman star is in talks for the upcoming remake of Alen Menken and Miles Goodman’s classic off-Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors, Full Circle Cinema has learned.
Egerton would likely star as Seymour Krelborn, famously played by Rick Moranis in the 1986 film adaptation. Egerton previously played Krelborn in a regional production at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Youth Theatre in Aberystwyth, Wales in 2007.
According to insider Jeff Snieder, Egerton could be joined by Scarlett Johannson and Billy Porter in the roles of Audrey and Audrey II, respectively. This will be the second time Little Shop of Horrors receives the reboot treatment as the 1986 version was a remake of the original 1960 film.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) follows a florist shop worker, Seymour, who finds an alien Venus flytrap that speaks (and sings). Within the NYC backdrop, his love for his attractive coworker Audrey leads him to name the plant Audrey II. However, as Audrey II begins to grow rapidly, its appetite becomes insatiable. Seymour then begins to feed the Venus flytrap humans, beginning with Audrey’s abusive boyfriend.
The 1986 remake received mostly mixed reviews upon release. However, it has since grown into a cult classic among moviegoers. The off-Broadway musical has toured all over the world and won the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
Egerton seems to be in his prime, with his role as Elton John in Rocketman earning him critical acclaim. Next, the actor will lend his voice talents in the sequel to Sing. Egerton currently stars as Rian in the Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
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