Charlize: Good As Goldie?

Charlize Theron — currently seen on the screen with a big ape in “Mighty Joe Young” and for a funny, fleeting date with Kenneth Branagh in Woody Allen’s “Celebrity” — is to take on the starring role in the movie version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago.” USA Today says Theron has been picked to replace Goldie Hawn, who had long been penciled in for the role. On the other hand, this film has been in the works since the original production of the stage musical in 1975, and industry skeptics believe the movie will never happen.

  • There would be some irony in having Theron play the role of Roxie Hart, a murderess who kills her husband. In 1991, Theron’s mother shot and killed her own father while he was in a drunken rage. The shooting was ruled self-defense, and no charges were pressed.
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