HBO has lined up a pair of big names for its movie adaptation of the 1970s documentary "Grey Gardens."
Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange have been tapped to star in the film, about the eccentric aunt and cousin of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It's based on a 1975 documentary by David and Albert Maysles, who chronicled the two women's lives in a run-down East Hampton, N.Y., mansion -- called Grey Gardens.
The movie was initially developed as a feature film project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. HBO Films is a newcomer to the process, but the movie's original team -- director and co-writer Sucsy, co-writer Patricia Rozema ("Tell Me You Love Me"), producer David Coatsworth ("John Adams") and exec producers Rachel Horowitz and Lucy Barzun Donnelly -- remain.
"Grey Gardens" centers on "Big Edie" Beale (Lange) and her daughter "Little Edie" (Barrymore), who were put in the spotlight in the early 1970s when the health department in New York's Suffolk County found them living among some 50 cats and other animals and piles of refuse in the mansion. Kennedy Onassis helped pay for the cleanup, allowing them to remain at Grey Gardens.
Their story was adapted for a Broadway musical that premiered last year; both Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson won Tony Awards for their roles.
Barrymore has starred in "Lucky You" and "Music and Lyrics" in the past year, and she recently signed on to the comedy "He's Just Not That Into You." Oscar winner Lange's ("Blue Sky," "Tootsie") recent credits include "Broken Flowers" and a remake of the 1976 telefilm "Sybil" for CBS that has yet to air.
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