Courtesy of New Regency/Fox 2000
In a competitive situation, New Regency and Fox 2000 have acquired the feature film rights to award-winning playwright Matthew Lopez’s acclaimed play THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE, which will co-star Golden Globe and Emmy winner Jim Parsons as a drag queen.
Lopez will adapt the screenplay and Parsons will produce the film with Todd Spiewak via their That’s Wonderful Productions banner, whose Eric Norsoph will executive produce and oversee the project for the company. 20th Century Fox will distribute the feature film. The synopsis:
He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business — and himself.
Parsons will play the role of Miss Tracy Mills, a veteran drag queen who coaches Casey in the art of performing, transforming him from a washed-up Elvis impersonator to a show-stopping drag queen.
The Legend of Georgia McBride first premiered at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in January 2014. The celebrated play was then produced at the MCC Theater in New York City, followed by a run at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. It is now being produced at theaters across the country.
Parsons stars as Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, which has been renewed through season 12 and garnered the spinoff series Young Sheldon. He most recently starred opposite Claire Danes in A Kid Like Jake, which was acquired by IFC Films following its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. His other film credits include Hidden Figures, The Normal Heart and Home. Parsons is represented by CAA, Principal Entertainment LA, and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.
In addition to The Legend of Georgia McBride, Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most widely-produced new American plays of the last decade. His latest play, The Inheritance, will premiere at the Young Vic theatre in London in March, under the direction of Stephen Daldry. His other stage works include Reverberation, Somewhere, and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. Lopez was also a writer on HBO’s The Newsroom. He’s repped by CAA, Grandview, and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief