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Monday, Mar 16, 2015
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By Jon Boon


It’s been 25 years since Richard Gere swooped Julia Roberts into his arms for the Hollywood smash hit Pretty Woman.

But could Gere be back in the proposed Broadway version of the classic film?

Movie director Garry Marshall says he would love to have Gere return in the role, but not as the leading man in the musical production.

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Gere is currently starring in the Brit indie hit The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Marshall has yet to speak to Julia Roberts about even a cameo in his proposed musical, which he insists could be on air by next summer.

“There has been talk about a remake, but it was such a great film it would be tough. We are definitely doing the musical, which we hope to be on Broadway by next year,” Marshall said while in Los Angeles.

“It is such a great story, we feel that it could work well for fans.”

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Gere, 65, has sung in movies and on stage in the past — starring in Broadway’s version of Grease — but Marshall feels that despite his ageless, handsome face, they would need a younger man as the lead.

“I would like Richard to be in it. I don’t think he could the lead, but we could write something for him. It would be fantastic; he is a strong actor and would be a great draw for everyone,” Marshall dished.

Pretty Woman really has all the elements to make it a really strong musical.”

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Marshall said he has not yet had detailed talks with Roberts about a return, but gave a nice gesture to the recent loss of the actress’ mother.

“Of course I would like to work with Julia. I think to talk about her at this time is not right. My heart goes out to her after her loss,” the director said.

“My deepest sympathies are with her and her family.”

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Marshall has been working on the project for several years, but appears to be closer than ever to rolling out in New York.

Pretty Woman made Roberts the biggest actress in Hollywood at the time after earning nearly $500 million at the box office on a $14 million budget.

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