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Michelle Williams for South Pacific

Michelle Williams is being lined up to star in a new big screen version of classic musical South Pacific.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical including old favourites I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Bali Ha'i was made into a film in 1958.

Now, according to the Daily Mail, Michelle has been asked to star in a new version as Nellie Forbrush, a Navy nurse working in the South Pacific during WWII who falls in love with a wealthy French plantation owner.

Michelle, 32, sang in her 2011 film My Week With Marilyn, in which she played Marilyn Monroe and previously told the Mail she would love to sing and dance in a musical.

There are rumours that producers would love to cast Les Miserables star Hugh Jackman as De Becque, the French love interest, while they apparently have their eye on "someone like Justin Timberlake" for the role of young Navy officer Lieutenant Cable, who falls for a local girl.

Broadway director Michael Mayer is signed on to direct while Lynn Grossman has written the screenplay.

Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi and John Kerr starred in the 1958 film but Brazzi and Kerr's singing parts were dubbed over by separate artists.

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