Michelle Williams Is In Talks To Play Steven Spielberg’s Mom In An Upcoming Biopic Directed By Steven Spielberg
By all accounts, Steven Spielberg’s mother Leah Adler was a vivacious, creative, and talented woman known for her signature Peter Pan haircut, diminutive stature and exuberant personality. Nevertheless, according to Deadline, Steven’s in talks to have Michelle Williams play her in an upcoming movie loosely based on about his childhood in Arizona which he’s co-writing with Tony Kushner and directing himself. Yes, white Michelle Williams!
Look, when you get to be where Steven is in his career, you too can pay homage to your mother any which way you like. And apparently, Steven likes broody blonde gentiles. Deadline reports:
Though his adaptation of West Side Story is not set to make its premiere till later this year, Steven Spielberg looks to have found his next directing gig, one of which is very close to home. Sources tell Deadline that Spielberg is coming on to direct an untitled pic at Amblin Partners that is loosely based on his childhood growing up in Arizona. Insiders add that Michelle Williams is in negotiations to star in a major role inspired by his mom but with a separate and original voice.
Sure the voice will be “separate and original” but why when you have this glorious gal as your inspiration! Even James Gandolfini was like “behold, perfection.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leah, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 97, was a classically trained pianist and an accomplished painter who “owned The Village Shop in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she showcased the works of local artists.” Leah eventually moved to L.A. and opened a kosher restaurant called The Milky Way which served “as a shrine to her son.” At the time of her death, Steven’s production company Amblin Entertainment released the following statement.
A statement from Amblin said that “while known for her red lipstick and Peter Pan collars, for her love of daisies, for her blue jeans and sparkly bling, for her dancing from table to table around the Milky Way, and for her love of camping, fishing and crossword puzzles, Leah is best remembered for her deep, limitless love for the people around her.”
Deadline adds that “Spielberg will now look to cast the remaining roles which includes children at multiple age levels, one of which will play the part inspired by the a young Spielberg,” which sounds like a lot of Spielbergs to me. Honestly, I’m more interested in a biopic about Leah! Too bad about the casting here though. I feel like this would have been a great opportunity for a less conventional actor to really shine. I mean, Scarlett Johansson is RIGHT THERE!