is one Oscar away from becoming an EGOT, but a new film project could put her back on the path to an Oscar.
The actor and singer has agreed to star in a remake of the 1979 musical drama "The Rose," which was loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin and starred Bette Midler
as a self-destructive rock singer dealing with addiction
, failed relationships, and the pressures of fame.
Variety reports that the new adaptation will be "an homage" to the original, but will also "put a contemporary lens on the high price of fame." The writer
and director of the film have yet to be announced.
performance in 1979's "The Rose" earned her an Oscar nomination; the film's soundtrack was also a hit, with the title track becoming one of the diva's most popular songs.
Miss M congratulated her replacement on Twitter
on Wednesday afternoon.
Cynthia Erivo to star in Searchlight remake of 'The Rose' – Deadline https://t.co/2z69zqxoHC.
ISN'T THIS AMAZING? — bettemidler (@BetteMidler) June 16, 2021
Erivo, who was born and raised in London
, rose to prominence in the United States
after winning a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway
revival of "The Color Purple."
Since then, the 34-year-old has successfully translated her talents to the big screen, receiving Oscar nominations for Best Actress and Best Song for the 2019 Harriet Tubman biopic "Harriet."
She recently finished filming on Disney
's live-action remake of "Pinocchio," in which she will play the Blue Fairy, and earlier this month released "The Good," the first single from her upcoming debut pop album "Ch. 1 Vs. 1."