The iconic character was previously played by Rick Moranis in the 1986 feature adaptation of the musical.
Fans were pretty excited when it was announced that Little Shop Of Horrors is getting a reboot, but it has been a while since we have heard any news about it. Warner Bros. is set at the helm this project and recent reports suggest that there are now two exciting updates. Full Circle Cinema reports that Rocketman and Kingsman star, Taron Egerton, is in talks with Warner Bros. to potentially play the lead role Seymour Krelborn.
The character was previously played by Rick Moranis in the 1986 feature adaptation of the musical. It is known that Egerton can sing, especially after he fully utilized his talents in last year's Elton John biopic, Rocketman. The movie won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy. The actor also used his vocal stylings in the animated movie Sing and will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel.
ScarJo has the offer for Audrey, and as previously reported, Billy Porter eyed to voice Audrey II. https://t.co/BzwsgHEAVL— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 29, 2020
Collider's Jeff Sneider not only retweeted the above-mentioned reports, but he also added that Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson was also in talks with the studio for the part of Audrey. Audrey is the love interest of Seymour and the namesake of the musical's carnivorous plant. There is no confirmation yet as to whether Johansson will accept the role, or if she is already on board. But this information does present an interesting development for the movie and gives us an idea about what kind of talent the studio is targetting.
All strong actors, especially Taron imo. Terrible choices for this, but we don’t know how their characters are being written compared to the movie/stage productions. Honestly just happy were getting more Little Shop.— Zack Losel (@ZSLosel) January 29, 2020
Little Shops Of Horror has had a unique history in film and TV. The story follows the nerdy owner of a flower shop, Seymour Krelborn, who finds success and romance with the assistance of a giant, man-eating plant. The movie was first released in 1960 and came from legendary filmmaker Roger Corman.
In 1982, the musical was released off-Broadway where it achieved critical acclaim. Later on, in 1986, the movie was adapted to the big screen and was directed by Frank Oz. Since then, the story has been performed many times on stage as well as many forms. Eventually, it also became the basis of short-lived animated series in the early 1990s.
It was reported earlier that Billy Porter was the favorite to voice the ever-hungry Audrey II in the film. The announcement that Little Shop of Horrors was getting a reboot first came in 2016. Greg Berlanti was set to direct the reboot and the script came from Matthew Robinson.
Since then it was revealed last year that the film had been named one of the recipients of California's Film & Television Tax Credit Program for the fiscal year of 2019-2020 and because of that, the studio was likely to begin the production of the movie to begin soon as they capitalized on the credits, which will eventually save then millions of dollars.