“The Fabelmans”: Spielberg casts Michelle Williams after “Fosse/Verdon”
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The director said Williams’ “secret energy” in the FX miniseries convinced him she was the right choice to play his mother.
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A starring role in a new Steven Spielberg film will always be a coveted job in Hollywood. But the casting process for his latest work, The Fabelmans, was a particularly challenging one as the legendary director was looking for actors to portray his own family in the most personal film of his career.
A new story in New York Times sheds light on the events that led Spielberg to cast Michelle Williams as Mitzi Fabelman, a thinly veiled version of his mother. The three-time Oscar winner, who praised Williams’ work in Blue Valentine, said he was originally inspired to give her the role after seeing her in the FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon.
“She has a secret energy that emanated from her playing Gwen Verdon,” Spielberg said. “That went a long way in making her my first choice for the role of Mitzi.”
Williams says that from the moment she started reading the script, which Spielberg co-wrote with Tony Kushner, she was excited about the opportunity.
“I couldn’t believe it when I started turning pages in this script,” Williams said. “My husband was in the room with me, and I kept saying, ‘It just keeps getting better.’ Very often when you have a script you have a great scene and you think, ‘Oh, this is going to be sizzling.’ And that was just page after page of it, just this surging, beautiful vibrancy. When I was done, I said to my husband, ‘It’s a celebration. They made her a feast.’”
The actress said the literary density of the material makes the experience more like working in theater or television than a typical Hollywood film.
“It took me a long time to engage with the material because the words and ideas are classic Kushner, through the lens of Steven Spielberg,” she said. “So it’s cinematic and theatrical that I’m really interested in and have purposely focused on ever since I started doing theater again. I prepare a lot before a film and there was so much to pack. It felt more like doing a miniseries because the material was so rich.”