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Daisy Edgar-Jones to Play Lead in Sony’s Upcoming Carole King Biopic

The 24-year-old British actress Daisy Edgar-Jones will be playing the role of songwriter Carole King in Sony’s upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway production Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The biopic is to be directed by Lisa Cholodenko, who had earlier directed The Kids Are All Right. Edgar-Jones most recently starred in Sony’s highly successful film Where The Crawdads Sing, which grossed $140 million worldwide.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ended a five-year-run on Broadway in October of 2019. Its star, Jessie Mueller, earned a Tony Award for her portrayal of the lead character. The musical showcased some of King’s hit songs, including “One Fine Day,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Over her decades-long career, Carole King produced 25 solo albums, including Tapestry, which won her a Grammy and holds the record for the most-weeks-as-number one song by a female artist.

After appearing in the television series Cold Feet (2016-2020) and War of the Worlds (2019-2021), Daisy Edgar-Jones made her film debut in Hulu’s romantic drama, Normal People. She next starred in Fresh, the Sundance comedy thriller, playing opposite Sebastian Stan. The actresss received a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress in FX’s Under the Banner of Heaven.

Songwriter King gave her blessing to the choice of Edgar-Jones for the role, telling Variety: “Daisy has a spirit and energy that I recognized as myself when I was younger. She’s a tremendous talent and I know she’s going to give a great performance.”

The script for Beautiful is a collaboration between Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. More than seven years ago, Sony secured the rights to use King’s songs in the biopic. The upcoming film is being produced by a trio that includes Tom Hanks, Paul Blake, and Gary Goetzman of Playtone.

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Edward Moran
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Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to hosokinema.com and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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