Adele may be making the switch from the music studio to a Hollywood studio, according to British paper The Sun.
Rumor has it the singer has been approached to appear in an upcoming remake of the 1968 movie musical Oliver!, an adaption of the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist.
Adele "Seriously Considering" a "New Challenge"
According to The Sun, an unnamed source “close to Adele” has said that she’s “seriously considering it,” adding that “it would be a new challenge for her but one she would definitely be up for.”
It's not entirely farfetched to think the 29-year-old songstress, who ended her most recent tour prematurely, after hinting to fans that she may retire from it altogether, would be looking to expand her professional horizons.
Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Productions, the producing duo who brought the Oscar-winning Les Misérables to the big screen in 2012, will helm the Oliver! remake, with Toby Haynes rumored to be directing.
Which Oliver! Character Would Adele Play?
If you’ve read the book, seen the movie, or (perhaps more likely) been forced to don oversized coats, scarves, and hats and bastardize a Cockney accent while squeaking out a prepubescent off-key “Consider Yourself” in front of your entire elementary school, you could probably guess which character Adele is potentially up for. And you’d be right; the film’s producers are supposedly eyeing her for Nancy, ill-fated pickpocketing prostitute with a heart of gold, and the evil Bill Sikes’ girlfriend.
Take a second to picture that. Now, I’m not one for the cast-a-non-actor-with-a-big-name logic so many filmmakers seem to have these days, particularly when it comes to remakes. But I’ll admit, when I first came upon this news, I immediately thought, “Genius.”
Vocally, the role of Nancy is right in Adele’s wheelhouse. I mean, picture her belting out “As Long As He Needs Me” and tell me I’m wrong. Ya can't! At the same time, when not making us all cry with her renditions of heartbreaking ballads, Adele also just naturally radiates warmth and humor, so now imagine her stomping her way through a rousing chorus of “Oom Pah Pah.” I mean, come on, you see it too, right?
If you need more convincing, listen to these versions of those two songs, from the 2009 London stage revival, with Jodie Prenger as Nancy: