As soon as we hear The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep’s iconic portrayal crosses our minds. However, another acclaimed actress, Vanessa Williams, has secured the fashion queen role in the film’s London musical adaptation.

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Meryl Streep’s iconic role Miranda Priestly to be played by Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams, known for her role in Ugly Betty, is all set to play Miranda Priestly for the adaptation based on the 2006 hit movie. Williams shared a video and caption on her Instagram, revealing her take on the fictional Runway magazine editor-in-chief.

Vanessa Williams To Play Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada Musical

The Devil Wears Prada (2006) is considered one of the best comedy dramas, with a star-studded cast of Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and how can we forget Meryl Streep? The actress brought life to the iconic fictional character with her skills and charm.

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Vanessa Williams in Ugly Betty

However, another talented actress, Vanessa Williams, will now play the role of Miranda Priestly in the  London West End stage adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada. The Dance With Me star posted videos on her Instagram account, urging fans to buy tickets and enjoy the drama.

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The 2006 film had Anne Hathaway play one of the titular roles of Andy, a young college student who secured a job at the prestigious Runway magazine. Her job becomes a bit terrifying when she meets terror in the form of Miranda Priestly. She wasn’t just the editor-in-chief, but the most powerful fashion icon around.

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The story remains the same in the upcoming musical, but the faces are definitely changing. Fans, after being thrilled by Williams’ casting, are demanding America Ferrera play Andy Sachs. Notably, Vanessa Williams previously played a similar role as another fashion magazine editor in the ABC series Ugly Betty. The actress said (via Variety):

“Bringing Miranda Priestly to life in the West End is an absolute dream come true. Gird your loins, folks.”

The Bye Bye Birdie star is excited to play the role that earned Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for the 2006 film. The additional casting of the upcoming musical is yet to be announced, and it would be intriguing to know who secures the role of Andy.

What is Vanessa Williams’ Favorite Role of a Lifetime?

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Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater

Actors often feel exhausted by playing a character for years, but that’s not the case with Vanessa Williams. The actress spoke highly of playing Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty. For the Bad Hair star, working every day for the same role was an incredible journey, and not only did she enjoy it, but it was also her favorite role.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vanessa Williams opened up about her role in the ABC series and said:

“A lot of the stance, the carriage, and the facial expressions are where the real power lies. That’s what makes Wilhelmina great… It’s been my favorite role of a lifetime, and I truly enjoy coming to work every day.”

The show aired in 2006, the same year when Meryl Streep earned immense recognition for playing Miranda Priestly. Since Williams worked on the show, it ran for successful four seasons and concluded in 2010. And now it’s 2024, and Vanessa Williams is back to play an iconic and super intriguing role again.

Watch The Devil Wears Prada on Prime Video.

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