Rita Ora eyeing the role of the artful dodger in oliver twist remake
Rita Ora, the 28 year old pop star, is being considered for the lead role in modern day remake of Oliver Twist. The film is on its way and according to the rumours will be named “Twist.” The 28 year old sensation is eyeing the role of the pickpocket, The Artful Dodger. The movie is a remake of the 1968 musical movie, Oliver, which itself was based on Charles Dicken’s popular novel. Thomas Kail, director of West End rap stage show Hamilton, will be working on the project.
A movie insider said: “Rita has held discussions about the role and reckons it could really help cement her as a credible actress. The film is going to be considerably different from the original, but her character will be loosely based on the Artful Dodger.” He further added, “The talks are ongoing but she is eager to make it happen and the casting team have been really impressed with Rita so far. The film is going to be massive and there is already a lot of buzz around it in the industry so it’s very exciting for her.”
This film has been under discussion for three years now and a lot of high profile names and surfaced, who will be a part of the cast. Rapper Ice Cube was considered and is believed to be playing pickpocket gang boss Fagin, while in 2017 it was reported that Adele had been approached to be a part of the movie as heroine Nancy. The production team said, “Bosses are still really keen to get Adele on board. They know she has a world class voice but want to see if she can sustain that while also acting and dancing. It’s going to be a huge production and they need to cast the right people with enough stamina.”
Last month, Rita Ora revealed to Marie Claire that she has been taking acting classes alongside her pals in Hollywood. She said, “Well, there are only a few acting coaches that everyone goes to in LA, so it’s nice to have some friends who’ll do it with me. There are lots of well-known people there, actually. It’s more improv than scripted. I was scared the first few times, but it’s so fun.”
Text By Jaskaran Singh