Back in 2018, Collider exclusively reported that Anne Hathaway was being considered to lead the highly-anticipated Sesame Street film directed by Portlandia’s Jonathan Krisel. Cut to 2023 and the film is still nowhere near the finish line due to numerous delays. Despite the lack of progress, however, Hathaway has remained attached to the project in hopes that it will one day get made. While at the Sundance Film Festival for her thriller Eileen, the Academy Award winner talked with Collider’s own Perri Nemiroff about the status of the Sesame Street movie and why she sticks with the project despite all of the delays.
In the years since being cast as Sally Hawthorne, a history show host fighting to save her program and prove the existence of the titular Sesame Street, Hathaway has hardly stood still. She’s found starring roles in Dark Waters, The Witches, Armageddon Time, and, of course, Eileen. TV also offered her the opportunity to both executive produce and star opposite Jared Leto in the Apple TV+ miniseries WeCrashed. Given that Hathaway is incredibly busy, how long can she really wait for Sesame Street? When Nemiroff first brought up the project, Hathaway immediately noted, “It hasn’t happened yet. I hope it does.” Nemiroff followed up by asking her what inspires her to stay committed to the production despite the snag. Hathaway replied:
Hathaway revealed little about what exactly makes this particular project so special, but she elaborated on her interest from another angle. She described the art of filmmaking as “experimental,” where the goal is not just to create something that everyone loves, but to challenge viewers and push boundaries at the risk of failure. She explains: If Sesame Street comes to life as is, Hathaway will star opposite Chance the Rapper in the film. He was cast as the aide to an evil mayor who is intent on keeping Sesame Street a secret for his own purposes. Bo Burnham, who used his pandemic downtime to record his magnum opus to this point, Inside, was also previously attached to create music for the project.
There’s no idea when the Sesame Street film could come out or if it will look the same as it does now, but it seems Hathaway is in it for the long haul. Keep an eye out for more Sundance coverage, including Hathaway’s full interview for Eileen, here at Collider. In the meantime, check out the snippet from the interview in the player above. Special thanks to our 2023 partners at Sundance including presenting partner Saratoga Spring Water and supporting partners Marbl Toronto, EMFACE, Sommsation, Hendrick’s Gin, Stella Artois, mou, and the all-electric vehicle, Fisker Ocean.