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SONG FOR MARION aligns exceptional cast that will rock out to Motorhead

Julian Stark

by: Julian Stark
July 8th, 2011

The two will lead the stellar cast of SONG FOR MARION

Elderly people in a choir that performs contemporary pop covers. That’s the plot of Paul Andrew Williams’ upcoming flick SONG FOR MARION. It sounds like a bit of a drag, doesn’t it? Well, with a powerful cast and capable director at the helm, the film will probably be anything but a drag.

The Playlist relays that Gemma Arterton, Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Anne Reid, and Christopher Ecclestone are all on board to star in the feature.

In SONG FOR MARION, Arterton plays a music teacher named Elizabeth who leads the choir of the elderly. Redgrave, in the titular role of the cancer-stricken Marion, joins the choir, only to face disapproval from her husband Arthur, played by Stamp. Reid is on board for the role of choir member Brenda, while Ecclestone plays Marion and Arthur’s son James, whose relationship with Arthur is a rocky one.

Redgrave and Stamp both have solo numbers in the flick. Songs originally performed by Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Motorhead, and Stevie Wonder all look to get covers in SONG FOR MARION; tracks from other artists, including Madonna and Oasis, also appear in the script, but there might be rights issues preventing them from showing up in the actual film.

Modern moviegoers aren’t getting too many musicals anymore, and while this probably won’t have spontaneity with its song-and-dance numbers a la MOULIN ROUGE!, the cast and list of artists whose songs appear in the film is enough to instill excitement. What's more, I wouldn't be surprised to see this become a major awards contender upon release.

How do you feel about SONG FOR MARION?

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