Jim Parsons will star in the film adaptation of Mathew Lopez’s play The Legend of Georgia McBride, which played New York City’s MCC Theater in 2015 before being produced at countless regional theatres elsewhere.
I’m by no means Parsons’ biggest fan, but I actually think he could be good in this role, in a play that not only lends itself to being cinematically translated, but also would very much fill an obvious gap in customary Hollywood material (I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say it’s drag-centric). With that being said, I’m not 100% confident Parsons will be able to pull it off if he yet again relies on his usual Big Bang Theory shtick, which would be too broad for the play, inhibiting its resonant bite.
Nonetheless, as an actor whose involvement can singlehandedly fund projects, he deserves credit for continually turning quality plays into movies, including this year’s A Kid Like Jake, Daniel Pearle’s play that ran at Lincoln Center’s LCT3 in 2013. Unlike with The Legend of Georgia McBride, if Parsons’ performance here contains traces of his fallback persona, it could color this exploration of heteronormativity in interesting ways; he’s much more conventionally effeminate than Peter Grosz, who played the part in NYC.
Even so, I fear A Kid Like Jake‘s journey from stage to screen could be more hazardous than The Legend of Georgia McBride’s, mostly because the former relies on a specific theatrical device — one character discussed throughout always remains offstage — and I can’t see how it’ll possibly be replicated as seamlessly in a movie. Luckily, I’m not the artist in charge!