Margaery Tyrell is no more but Natalie Dormer intends to bring “Gone with the Wind” star Vivien Leigh back to life in a series about the British actress which is being developed for television.
With “Game of Thrones” done and dusted, Natalie Dormer is setting her sights on “Gone with the Wind.” The British actress has been chosen to play Hollywood movie star Vivien Leigh in a new TV series. She will also produce the series along with FremantleMedia, which will own the international rights, and Mainstreet Pictures.
The series will explore the professional and personal life of Vivien Leigh, who is famous around the world for her roles in Victor Fleming’s “Gone with the Wind” (1939) and Elia Kazan’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1952). These two films put her with the select few actresses who have won two Best Actress Oscars. The series will cover various issues including her career in Hollywood in the 1940s, her marriage to Laurence Olivier, her mental health problems, and how women were treated at that time.
The project is currently without a title and the number of episodes is as yet unknown. Stewart Harcourt (“Churchill’s Secret”) will pen the script inspired by Leigh’s films and Kendra Bean’s 2013 biography “Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait.”
“We are incredibly excited to be collaborating with the brilliant Natalie Dormer to play an iconic star like Vivien Leigh and to bring this extraordinary unknown story to a wider audience,” Mainstreet’s Sally Haynes and Laura Mackey added.
Natalie Dormer is one of the stars of HBO’s mega-successful series “Game of Thrones” in which she played Margaery Tyrell. She will soon be seen in an adaptation of “Picnic at Hanging Rock” for Amazon, and “In Darkness” on the big screen. Natalie Dormer co-wrote both of these projects, and has said she wants to work more behind the camera.