Access Hollywood announced that Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will guest star on "Smash" next season. As one of "American Idol's" most successful alums, Hudson's talent is a natural fit for this show about a show - the musical production "Bombshell," featuring none other than the bombshell Marilyn Monroe.
Last season Uma Thurman played Rebecca Duvall, a popular film star who couldn't really sing. Thurman was great at making us hate what she stood for (less talented "star" gets role that should go to talented nobody), while loving the insecure and sincere person she was inside.
Hudson will play Veronica Moore, an established Broadway star who's won a Tony Award. Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment describes her character as, "someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it." Hmmm, sounds intriguing.
Guest stars are a fantastic way to infuse new blood into an ensemble cast. Here are a few other celebrities who would make compelling characters on "Smash."
Katy Perry - Her stage shows can only be described as "theatrical." She knows how to make the most of her wardrobe from cream or rocket shooting bras to wigs in every color of the rainbow. She could play a character very much like herself - an over the top pop star who doesn't quite get the subtleties and nuances of a Broadway musical.
Hugh Jackman - The actor, best known as Wolverine in the X-Men films, is actually a stage actor at heart. He's currently filming the movie version of "Les Miserables" with Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Jackman confided to Access Hollywood that "I pinch myself every day," that he gets to play petty thief turned wealthy Mayor Jean Valjean.
"It is a rare feeling to be in something that you know you will look back on as one the highlights of your life," he explains.
Cory Monteith or Mark Salling - Now that Finn and Puck have graduated from McKinley High the actors playing them could really use a new gig - you know in case that "show within a show" concept the producers are floating for "Glee" next season doesn't work out.
Either of these guys would make a striking Joe DiMaggio. Now that Julia (Debra Messing) and Michael Swift (Will Chase) are over, Swift will probably leave the show creating an opening for an athletic young guy.
Chris Colfer - Same song, different verse. Colfer's character, Kurt Hummel also graduated on "Glee" this year. Although I don't see him in the DiMaggio role, he would fit right in to the gay love story line centered on writer Tom's (Christian Borle) search for that special guy who can hold his attention for more than two weeks.
With evil assistant Ellis' (Jaime Cepero) dismissal, Eileen (Anjelica Huston) will be looking for someone to take his place, and that could be a great entry point for Colfer.
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