For weeks, die-hard fans of The Sound of Music grumbled and moaned about the forthcoming live revival that would air on NBC, many pointing out that Carrie Underwood is no Julie Andrews (to be fair, no one is). And it looks like the von Trapp family — the family on which the play/film is based — is in agreement. Their preferred choice for the role of Maria? That would be polarizing Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway.
The great-grandson of Maria von Trapp, Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, told ABC News that while he’s not too happy that NBC would try to remake the classic, his major qualm with the production was the casting of Carrie Underwood for the family matriarch’s pivotal role.
"It's just upsetting that this could potentially be the final broadcast of our story," he said. "And although her voice is amazing, she doesn't have acting experience…. It's just the overall image, she's a country star, she won American Idol, she's very public in kind of a tabloid way."
What made Julie Andrews and, before her, Broadway star Mary Martin, so successful in the role of Maria, Myles said, was that they were both highly-respected actresses.
"[Our family has] had the conversations of who could play this role better and it was Anne Hathaway, for example," he adds. "Here's someone who just won an Oscar for a similar situation [in Les Miserables]. She was able to act and sing."
While Myles may be right that Anne’s acting and vocal skills are much better suited for the role, we can imagine that the public would be just as up in arms if the Les Miserables star had been cast in lieu of Carrie. Anne has suffered her fair share of inexplicable cyber hate over the last few years. And even if a more experienced actress had been cast, it’s doubtful that the public would be happy with any casting choice after having Julie’s performance so triumphed in their memories, a reality Carrie knew going into the role.
“I get hate tweets and stuff like that and like, “You’re not Julie Andrews!” Carrie admitted to EW recently. “I know I’m not — nobody is, and I would never pretend that I was. I know my place, you know?”
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