The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is getting the Netflix movie treatment. Liz Tigelaar is set to adapt Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling 2017 novel, according to Deadline. Once the movie news was officially confirmed in March 2022, fans immediately began revealing their top choices for an actress to play the iconic Evelyn Hugo.
So, who will play the one, the only, Evelyn Hugo? There are a number of talented actresses who can take on this incredible role. HollywoodLife has rounded up some of the names that fans have been talking about the most when it comes to Evelyn Hugo.
What Is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo About?
The book tells the epic story of Hollywood legend Evelyn Hugo. In her later years, the reclusive Evelyn picks reporter Monique Grant to tell her life story. Evelyn goes through her memories and chronicles her rise to fame in the Golden Age of Hollywood. She gets candid about her seven marriages and what ultimately led to their demise. However, there’s a reason that Evelyn has chosen Monique to hear her story, and that reason is a total bombshell.
Who Is Going To Play Evelyn Hugo?
“Nobody is going to figure out who’s playing Evelyn Hugo, by who I am following on Instagram,” Taylor told Marie Claire Australia in September 2022. “And I think they think that they will, but I’m sorry to break it to you… I am friends with people. That’s why I follow them. It does not mean I am working with them. People think that they have got the whole cast figured out, but I can tell you that at this point, we have not cast a single person.”
Netflix has not announced any casting news for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo movie as of January 2023. However, that has not stopped fans from dream casting the upcoming film. Taylor confirmed in an Instagram Live that the actress playing Evelyn Hugo will be a Latina actress.
The legendary Rita Moreno is pretty much the only choice fans have to play the older version of Evelyn Hugo. Like Evelyn, Rita is a powerhouse Latina actress. Rita’s illustrious career in Hollywood has spanned 7 decades. The 91-year-old would embody the role of Evelyn Hugo perfectly.
Ana de Armas
Ana de Armas is one of the most popular fan choices to play Evelyn Hugo in the film adaptation. The actress is Cuban just like Evelyn. Ana has already proven she can rock platinum blonde hair after her Oscar-nominated turn as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde.
Eiza González is another fan favorite to possibly play Evelyn Hugo. The Mexican actress is best known for her roles in Baby Driver, Bloodshot, and Ambulance.
Sofia Vergara sparked rumors about possibly being cast in the Evelyn Hugo movie after allegedly following Taylor on Instagram. Many fans want to see the America’s Got Talent judge, who hails from Colombia, as Evelyn and Jessica Chastain as Celia St. James.
sofia vergara as evelyn hugo and jessica chastain as celia st. james PLZ
— em 💌 (@emillyyramirez) January 11, 2023
Who Will Play Celia St. James?
Celia St. James is another crucial character in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo movie adaptation. Similar to Evelyn Hugo, fans already have actresses in mind to play the one and only Celia.
Speaking of Jessica Chastain, she has emerged as the frontrunner to play Celia St. James, Evelyn’s one true love. In January 2023, Jessica was asked about playing the beloved role during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live.
jessica chastain talking about the role of celia st james in the adaptation of the famous book “the seven husbands of evelyn hugo” pic.twitter.com/5Wm1TKct1F
— allie (@tinychastain) January 6, 2023
“I do know that there is an online thing about it… Sure, send me a script,” she said. Give the people what they want!
Similar to Jessica, Saoirse Ronan has become one of the top fan choices to play Celia St. James. Saoirse and Celia already have a connection. They both starred in film adaptations of Little Women. Saoirse always has a busy schedule, though. Her upcoming films include Foe with Paul Mescal and Blitz with Harris Dickinson.
just saw saoirse ronan fan cast as celia st james and you know what, if jessica chastain is booked and busy then i will readily accept miss saoirse
— siân 🌸 📨 (@acdsbff) January 19, 2023
Brittany Snow has recently become a name in the mix amongst fans. The Pitch Perfect actress has been channeling her inner Celia St. James look as of late with her red hair. She also has blue eyes like Celia. Stranger Things star Sadie Sink is also among the names fans would love to see as a young Celia. After finishing Stranger Things 5, Sadie could easily jump over this other Netflix project!