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Streisand Taps Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes To Do Gypsy Screenplay

Barbra Streisand has been threatening to do a screen remake of Gypsy for so long she was originally planning on playing Louise (We kid, we kid.)

But now it looks like she and co-producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Die Hard) are finally moving ahead with the project—and they’ve tapped Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes to write the screenplay.

Has Downton Abbey-mania really gone this far?

Actually, it’s not that much of a stretch: Fellows previously adapted the script for Disney’s wildly successful stage production of Mary Poppins.

Streisand is still intending to play Mama Rose, the part most recently brought to stage by the divine Patti LuPone. Hey, since Fellowes is on board, why not Hugh Bonneville as Herbie?

What do you think? Who would you cast in the film version of Gypsy?

Photos: Allan Warren, Eight O’Clock Theater