The influence of “Glee” on pop culture is going international. The Daily Mail reports Gemma Arterton will be starring opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Terrence Stamp in rock-choir musical “Song for Marion”. Producer Ken Marshall told the UK paper, “Choirs have always been a massive part of the British social fabric” and that the mega success of American TV series “Glee” has contributed to its increase in popularity.
Christopher Eccleston and Anne Reid co-star in the film directed by Paul Andrew Williams, which centers around Redgrave’s Marion, who is a member of a local progressive choir run by Arterton’s character, and both women try to convince Stamp’s Arthur to join them. Musical numbers will feature songs by Motorhead, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Cyndi Lauper. “Both Vanessa and Terence can sing, and each has a big solo spot number,” Marshall tells The Daily Mail, but there is no word yet if Arterton will lend her vocal stylings to the film. The 6-week shoot begins on July 18th.
While Arterton herself has claimed to various reporters she has half a dozen projects in development, including titles such as “Waiting for Robert Capa”, “The Key to the Street”, “In With The Outlaws” and Michael Winterbottom’s “London Fields”, recent news reports only have her signed on for vampire flick “Byzantium” opposite Saoirse Ronan and “Crooked House” with Matthew Goode and Gabriel Byrne. She recently dropped out of “Clash of the Titans” sequel “Wrath of the Titans” for undisclosed reasons and wrapped “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” opposite Jeremy Renner.