American singer-actress Chlöe Bailey is set to star in an upcoming film adaptation of playwright Conor McPherson’s "Girl From The North Country", a Broadway musical featuring Bob Dylan songs.
Bailey will lead the cast along with Olivia Colman and Woody Harrelson. McPherson will write and direct the movie, which is being produced by Blueprint Pictures.
The original Girl From The North Country musical premiered in London in 2017 and was named after Dylan’s 1963 song of the same name. It originated at the Old Vic in London and had an off-Broadway run in 2018 at the Public Theater before transferring to Broadway. It has since played in the West End, Toronto, and Australia.
The musical is set in 1934 during the Great Depression, and centers around the owners and travelers at a guesthouse in Duluth, Minnesota, as their lives intersect.
“Girl From the North Country” uses 19 songs from Dylan’s expansive music library, including "Slow Train", "I Want You", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Hurricane", and "Idiot Wind” — to score a Depression-era story about Midwesterners who cross paths in a guesthouse.
It follows life spiraling out of control for proprietor Nick Laine (Harrelson), whose wife Elizabeth (Colman) is suffering from dementia. All the while, the bank is foreclosing on their home and their adopted daughter Marianne (Bailey) has a closely guarded secret that no one can explain. But when an escaped convict Joe Scott (Tosin Cole) seeks shelter at the guesthouse, a relationship develops between Marianne and Joe that will change everything for everyone forever.
Blueprint Pictures is backing the movie, with executives Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin serving as producers.
CAA Media Finance will represent the project’s domestic sales with Rocket Science launching international sales at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.
Bailey on Monday took to Twitter to share her excitement about starring in the upcoming movie, saying: "To be apart of a tony award winning musical adaptation, with this stunning cast, is exciting and surreal… ✨✨."
"It was a huge privilege to have Dylan’s trust to create a story from his songs. Working with this incredible cast to bring these characters to life is almost beyond imagining, McPherson said in a statement.
Bailey is best known as one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle and for her work on ABC’s sitcoms “Grown-ish” and “Black-ish.” She recently appeared in the film “Jane” starring Melissa Leo.
The actress is set to star as Ariel in Disney‘s live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid" and as young Nettie Harris in a film adaptation of "The Color Purple". Both are currently in post-production.
She will next be seen in Will Packer and Tim Story’s movie “Praise This”, as well as the Amazon Prime Video series “Swarm” from Donald Glover.