According to Screen Daily, FREAKIN’ KURT HUMMEL is attached to star in Noel, a biopic focusing on the early life of gay English playwright Noel Coward. Dear God in heaven. What next? Carson Kressley as Oscar Wilde? Chris Crocker as Cole Porter? Clay Aiken as Cecil Beaton? (Actually, I would watch all of those).
Anyway: It announced today that the biopic about Noel Coward will Glee’s Chris Colfer as the young playwright. The project is also said to be in casting talks with British legends Vanessa Redgrave, Sir Ian McKellen, and Jonathan Pryce. Colfer perhaps confirmed his involvement by posting a photo of Coward on his Instagram account, moments after Screen Daily’s article went live.
From hypable: Noel Coward was born in southwest London at the turn of last century. He was known – in addition to his nearly 50 published plays and his work as an actor, director and screenwriter for film – for his wit and flamboyance, and for his influence on 20th century writers. Some of his more famous works include Easy Virtue, which had a 2008 film adaptation starring Colin Firth, and Private Lives, a play which has experienced countless Broadway and West End revivals, starring – over time – everyone from Maggie Smith to Sex In The City’s Kim Cattrall.
Coward, both the man himself, who died in 1973, and his many works, are quintessentially English, a staple of the history of London theatre, so it will be interesting to see Chris Colfer – a California native with an admitted obsessive love for period drama and British culture in general – take on a role which may have been more expected to go to a young British actor. Noel – which was developed by the BFI (British Film Institute) with the support of the Noel Coward Estate – aims to shoot in the late summer, so with Glee’s next season not returning until 2015, Colfer will have plenty of spare time to perfect his English accent!