‘Beautiful’: Daisy Edgar-Jones To Play Carole King In Lisa Cholodenko’s Musical Biopic

What a 2022 it has been for Daisy Edgar-Jones. With Under the Banner of Heaven, Fresh, and Where the Crawdads Sing, she’s had one Hell of a year that has supercharged her career. And already 2023 is shaping up to be pretty good, as she’ll star as Carole King in Lisa Cholodenko’s adaptation of stage musical, Beautiful.

Sony Pictures has been eyeing an adaptation of Beautiful, the smash Broadway musical, for a few years. Cholodenko will direct and co-write the script with Stuart Blumberg, who she wrote The Kids Are All Right with in 2010.

The story features many of King’s greatest hits, such as “One Fine Day”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, and “Where You Lead”. Her Grammy-winning album “Tapestry” spent the most weeks at the top of the charts ever for a female artist. King was also married four times, including to songwriter and frequent collaborator Gerry Goffin. She was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a singer and the other as a songwriter, which shows the scope of her talent.

King is a big supporter of Edgar-Jones portraying her in the film, telling Variety “Daisy has a spirit and energy that I recognized as myself when I was younger. She’s a tremendous talent and I know she’s going to give a great performance.” Jones’ breakout performance came in Hulu‘s 2020 romantic drama “Normal People” with Paul Mescal. She recently received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in FX‘s “Under The Banner Of Heaven.”


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