Countess Meryl of Downton Abbey?

Standard put up new article, a rumored project, with Meryl Streep, Tobey Maguire and Shirley MacLaine:

Show’s creator wants American stars Streep and Maguire in cast.

New star: Julian Fellowes would love Streep to appear

He ruffled feathers in the US this week when he claimed that Hollywood actors “can’t do period drama”.

Despite this, “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes has named the two stars that he would love to appear in the series — and they are both American.

The screenwriter revealed his favourite actors are Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, 63, and Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire, 37.

“Meryl Streep I think is … extraordinary,” he said, “and Tobey Maguire, from Spider-Man, he is a very clever and subtle actor. He looks like an ordinary guy so he takes you into the film by his ordinariness, a bit like James Stewart. I would like to direct them both.”

Downton” has been a huge hit in America, earning 16 Emmy nominations, and one American, Shirley MacLaine, 78, has already joined the cast for the third series, which starts next month. Her character is set to clash with Dame Maggie Smith’s dowager Countess Violet Grantham in a “battle of the matriarchs”.

This week Fellowes compared Hollywood stars unfavourably with Britons, saying: “Our actors have an understanding of period — for Europeans the past is very much in them as well as the present. Americans find it harder.”

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