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Michelle Williams is in South Pacific

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Michelle WilliamsMichelle Williams has been offered the part of U.S. navy ensign Nellie Forbush in a new big screen adaptation of the musical, South Pacific.

Director Michael Mayer and team of producers have not yet entered official pre-production on the script by Lynn Grossman.

There was a film in 1959, which starred Mitzi Gaynor as Nellie and Rossano Brazzi, but Grossman has gone back to the original source material, Tales Of The South Pacific by James Michener, for the new screenplay.

Nellie Forbrush, a Navy nurse working in the South Pacific during WWII who falls in love with a wealthy French plantation owner. Emile De Becque.

Rumour has it that the producers would like Hugh Jackman as De Becque, while they apparently have their eye on “someone like Justin Timberlake” for the role of young Navy officer Lieutenant Cable.

Michelle, 32, sang in her 2011 film My Week With Marilyn, in which she played Marilyn Monroe and told the Daily Mail she would love to sing and dance in a musical.