Julia Roberts isn't upset about Pretty Woman being turned into a Broadway musical, despite a bogus report claiming the actress is "snubbing" the project. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk this claim. We're told it's false.
A stage version of the 1990 romantic comedy debuts on Broadway this July following a short tryout run in Chicago. Roberts co-starred alongside Richard Gere in the original film, which told the story of a wealthy businessman who falls in love with a prostitute. The hit movie turned the actress into a superstar, and now according to the National Enquirer, she's not happy about her classic film getting a Broadway remake.
"She hasn't given it her blessing," a so-called "source" tells the magazine. "She will not be attending the opening night or doing any type of publicity to help sell tickets." However, Roberts has no involvement in the musical and she hasn't been asked to help promote it. British actress Samantha Banks, who's playing the role originated by Roberts, even said in a recent interview with Vanity Fair that she plans to offer a different take on the character. "You have to try to do your own thing," the young actress noted.
Additionally, it was Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall who came up with the idea for the musical. The filmmaker passed away during the early planning stages, but the project had his full support. Roberts was close friends with Marshall and reunited with the director on several more films over the years, including his final movie, Mother's Day. It's highly unlikely the actress would be upset about a project that her longtime friend and collaborator had conceived.
Regardless, Gossip Cop fact-checked the supermarket tabloid's report and we're exclusively told by a rep for the musical that the publication's article is totally "fake." A Roberts insider similarly assures us there's no truth to the magazine's narrative. This is a non-story that was concocted to create phony drama.
It's also worth noting, this isn't the first time the Enquirer has published a false story related to Pretty Woman. Gossip Cop recently busted the tabloid for claiming Roberts was having a secret fling with Gere behind her husband's back. This latest article concerning the actress's thoughts on the upcoming musical is equally baseless.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.