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LaPaglia brings Arthur Miller to the big screen

LaPaglia brings Arthur Miller to the big screen — The ”Without a Trace” star will reprise his Tony-winning Broadway role opposite Scarlett Johansson and Frances McDormand in ”A View From the Bridge”

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Despite Arthur Miller’s death last week, it’s likely that his work will never be absent from the stage, and probably not from the multiplex either. Along with in-development movie versions of The Man Who Had All the Luck and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Variety reports that Without a Trace star Anthony LaPaglia is shepherding a version of Miller’s A View From the Bridge to the big screen. LaPaglia, who won a Tony for his leading role in the recent Broadway revival of the play, secured the film rights from Miller shortly before his death.

In the movie, which Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man) will shoot next year, LaPaglia will reprise his role as Eddie, a Brooklyn dock worker who alienates his wife (to be played by Frances McDormand) when he becomes infatuated witha his niece (Scarlett Johansson), who in turn is in love with an immigrant cousin. The play has been filmed before, in an all-but-forgotten 1961 version directed by Sidney Lumet (this year’s honorary Oscar winner) and starring Raf Vallone, Maureen Stapleton, and Carol Lawrence in the primary roles.