David Frankel, the director who adapted Lauren Weisberger’s widely successful book of the same name, said that Streep was signed but needed her own Andy. Rachel McAdams, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson and Kirsten Dunst were all on the list.
“We started negotiating with Annie to make a deal, and it didn’t go down well with the studio … We offered it to Rachel McAdams three times. The studio was determined to keep her, and she did.” was determined not to, Frankel told EW.
Hathaway campaigned for the role, calling studio executives and meeting with them to try to persuade them to participate.
Hathaway said of her character, “It spoke to me. It made me feel. It was about a subject I take very seriously, but in such a wonderfully joyful and light-hearted way.”
Frankel said it was Streep who convinced everyone that Hathaway could pull it off.
“Merrill was looking forward to making the film, and she said ‘Let me meet her. ‘Brokeback Mountain’ was about to come. Annie had a wonderful, small role in it. And Meryl saw that scene in the movie, she met him and called Tom Rothman at Fox and said, ‘Yeah, this girl is great, and I think we’ll do a good job together,'” Frankel said.
When the call came, Hathway said his answer was a no-brainer.
“I waited patiently until my turn, and I got the call. It was the easiest yes in the world. I remember the moment I found out I got the part, I just ran out of my apartment screaming. I had There was a bunch. Guys at the time, I jumped into the living room and shouted, ‘I’m going to be at The Devil Wears Prada!'” she told the publication.