The Devil wears Prada: Anne Hathaway was cast thanks to Meryl Streep

The devil wears Prada
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The movie The Secret of Brokeback Mountain was a landmark for Meryl Streep.

Anne Hathaway revealed in early 2021 that she was likely 20th Century Fox studio’s ninth choice to play Andrea Sachs in The devil wears Prada, directed by David Frankel in 2006. Astonishing, so much the role seems to have been made for her. On the occasion of the reunion of the casting for the fifteenth anniversary of the film’s release, Entertainment Weekly revealed the names of the other actresses who had been shortlisted for the role of Sachs: Rachel McAdams was clearly the first choice, followed by Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson and Kirsten Dunst.

Hathaway therefore had competition, but was more determined than anyone. Elizabeth Gabler, former president of Fox, recalls: “I see Anne again, sitting on the couch in my office, explaining why she wanted to do this, why she had to play this part, and giving me script notes on the third act. […] Come to think of it, that’s not exactly what we ended up doing, but her sensibility was perfectly aligned with the end result … Annie never gave up. She kept calling, moving around and even wrote “Hire me” in Carla Hacken’s zen garden [la directrice de Fox]“.

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His efforts paid off, as the film crew ended up wanting to work and move forward with Hathaway. Only, the studio still did not agree, and remained stuck on Rachel McAdams, who had yet refused the role. Director David Frankel claims to have offered three times to Rachel McAdams […] but she was determined not to do it “.

Hathaway still had a reputation as an actress at that time. “for adolescents”, with films such as Princess in spite of herself, Ella in the enchanted land, A princess wedding … but she knows the consecration in 2005, with her role as Lureen Newsome, wife of Jack Twist (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) in The Secret of Brokeback Mountain, by Ang Lee, award-winning film. Meryl Streep, who plays the great Miranda Priestly in Frankel’s film, was more than impressed with the performance of the young actress – just 23 years old – and personally called on the then President and CEO of Fox to defend the ‘actress, “Let me meet her, this movie is great, I think we’re going to work well together.

The screenwriter of Devil went on to explain why Hathaway was perfect for this role: “Andrea Sachs is an intelligent person, the best student in her class who writes pretentious things. Anne conveys that feeling of intelligence, and shows what it is to be intelligent and cultivated in the realm of books. and the arts, and it’s hard to fake. She managed to bring out that feeling of lightness that you have when you come out of college, just because you had good grades in class.

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