The Von Trapp family learned last spring that their story was again going to be made into a film, according to ABC News on Dec. 5. The story of how the family fled Nazi-dominated Austria during WWII was being developed again, this time for the small screen, almost 50 years after the classic film was made with Julie Andrews.
Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, the great grandson of Maria von Trapp, whom Andrews portrayed in the 1965 film, said he couldn’t understand why anyone would want to redo the classic. He said his biggest concern was the casting of Carrie Underwood in the role of his great grandmother.
Though Underwood is a Grammy-winner, Von Trapp Derbyshire found it “upsetting that this could potentially be the final broadcast of our story.”
He went on to say that Underwood has an amazing voice but in his opinion, she doesn’t have the acting experience needed for the role. He had a problem with her image, citing the fact that “she’s a country star, she won ‘American Idol,’ she’s very public in kind of a tabloid way.”
Myles, 28, lives in New York and is proud of the legacy his family has. He sees it as being marred by “this very glossy, tabloid figure playing this role.”
Both Andrews and Mary Martin, who originated the role of Maria von Trapp on Broadway during 1950s, were well-respected actresses and more appropriate for the part. He admitted that his family has discussed who they would have preferred to see in the role. Anne Hathaway, who recently won an Oscar for “Les Miserables”, fits their ideal. She has both the acting credentials and the voice for it.
Francoise von Trapp, Myles aunt wrote on her blog, “Carrie Underwood as Maria? Seriously?” after learning the singer had been cast in the remake.
Underwood had been taking heat for decision to take the role even before the film aired on Thursday. She has received hate tweets. She believes people don’t understand what they are trying to do and acknowledged that she is not and would never try to be Julie Andrews. Myles acknowledged that no one should be sending Underwood hate mail.
He said he was undecided about watching the movie but after discussing it with his mother, who is trying to remain positive, has decided it is probably a good idea to be educated so that when he’s asked for an opinion, he can give one based on having seen it.
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