The New York Post posted an interesting article this morning about what Broadway has dubbed “the Denzel effect.” This effect, named after Denzel Washington for his recent role in August Wilson’s Fences on Broadway, describes the growing number of film actors making a move to theatre. Actors who are currently making this move include Halle Berry, who will co-star with Samuel L. Jackson in an upcoming drama called The Mountaintop, and James Earl Jones is returning to Broadway to star with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy (which also sounds pretty spectacular), but there’s one rumored casting choice that intrigues me more than the others.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been offered roles in an upcoming revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. If they accept, Will would play Stanley while Jada would play Stella. And that is just too much awesome.
I absolutely love Will Smith. I think he’s a magnificent actor; Stanley doesn’t seem like an easy role to play, but I have little doubt that he could do it beautifully. All acting ability aside though, how crazy would it be to see the Fresh Prince do the famous “STELLA!” bit?