Anna Friel is the new Holly Golightly

Anna Friel is the new Holly Golightly
Uli Weber

Anna Friel is to take to the West End stage as Holly Golightly in a stage adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Anna Friel charmed us in HBO's Pushing Daisies and we've been missing her from our screens since the series came to an end. So we're delighted to report that the actress is to take on the role of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, directed by Sean Mathias at London's Haymarket theatre.

Holly is the heroine who was immortalised by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film version of the novel, though Friel is reportedly distancing herself from that version of the story. "My Holly will have a lot more rough edges than Audrey's," Anna told the Daily Mail; the true source of her income won't be veiled as it was on the silver screen. It's not all gritty drama, though, as the dreamy Academy Award-winning song "Moon River" that was composed by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer for the film will also feature in the stage adaptation. "I will be playing Holly from the book, which is set in the Forties." Friel says, "The film was set in 1960 so straight away we're going to look different in terms of clothes and style." Expect to see a lot less 60s shift dresses and a lot more slinky-hipped, sharp-shoulders dresses. We can't wait!

By Pat McNulty

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