Sarah Lancashire Fills the Screen as Julia Child in the Trailer for HBO Max’s JULIA

Posted on March 02, 2022

When we first wrote about HBO Max’s upcoming series on legendary television personality and cookbook author Julia Child, we said that Sarah Lancashire’s performance was going to come down to how well she does Child’s distinctive voice. Well, the trailer is out and we don’t think she quite got it.

 

 

 

 

 

But it really might not matter, because everything else about this looks totally on point.

 

 

What we love here is how much Lancashire’s frame dominates every scene. If there’s one criticism to be made about Meryl Streep’s turn as Child in 2009’s Julie & Julia, it’s that they had to resort to some camera and other forms of trickery to make you believe the movie star was as large and domineering as the 6′ 2″ Child was. Like the voice, her size and appearance is a huge factor in what made her such a distinctive, engaging, and in many ways revolutionary television personality. She was an unglamorous woman with a slightly silly voice who was totally, one hundred percent herself and completely unfussed about any standards the world might want to impose on her. It’s why people loved her so much. We could quibble about some of Lancashire’s inflections here, but it looks to us like the people behind Julia – as well as Lancashire herself – really seem to get what she was all about. Can’t wait to see this.

 

JULIA is inspired by Julia Child’s extraordinary life and her long-running television series, “The French Chef,” which pioneered the modern cooking show. Through Julia’s life and her singular joie de vivre, the series explores a pivotal time in American history – the emergence of public television as a new social institution, feminism and the women’s movement, the nature of celebrity and America’s cultural evolution. At its heart, the series is a portrait of a loving marriage with a shifting power dynamic.

The eight-episode series stars Sarah Lancashire (“Happy Valley”), David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”), Bebe Neuwirth (“Madam Secretary”), Brittany Bradford (Broadway’s “Bernhardt/Hamlet”), Fran Kranz (“Homecoming”) and Fiona Glascott (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”).

JULIA is produced by Lionsgate and 3 Arts Entertainment. Chris Keyser (“The Society”) serves as showrunner, as well as executive producer alongside creator Daniel Goldfarb. Erwin Stoff (“Edge of Tomorrow”) of 3 Arts Entertainment, Kimberly Carver and Charles McDougall also executive produce. Todd Schulkin is a Consulting Producer on behalf of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

 

[Photo Credit: Courtesy of HBO Max – Video Credit: HBO Max/YouTube]

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