Hathaway is the first choice for a human role in the Warner Bros. Sesame Street adaptation, according to Collider. There’s not much info available yet about the film, but we do know it’s being directed by Portlandia’s co-creator Jonathan Krisel. The film will also be a musical, which is up Hathaway’s alley, as the actress and singer won an Oscar for her role in the 2012 Tim Hooper–helmed musical, Les Misérables.
There’s also the fact that Hathaway and Sesame Street go back as far as 2007. That was the year that she made a cameo with Big Bird on the Sesame Street Christmas special Elmo’s Christmas Countdown. With her bubbly enthusiasm and wide eyes, Hathaway fit right in, singing “I Want a Snuffleupagus for Christmas” alongside Big Bird.
If she accepts the part, Hathaway would play Sally, the lens into the Sesame Street world. The character actually appeared in the show’s debut, back in 1969. In that episode, Sally, led on a tour by the resident Gordon Robinson, encounters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. (Ernie and Cookie Monster shortly followed, as Collider points out.)
Hathaway is also being eyed for the role because of her preexisting relationship with Warner Bros. Along with the recent Ocean’s 8, which heralded in a new era for the actress, she’s worked with Warner Bros. on The Intern, Get Smart, and The Dark Knight Rises. If those titles run the gamut, that’s sort of the point.
She recently opened up about her strategy around taking on roles these days, telling Entertainment Weekly, “I like to make stories that make people feel good, but I also like to make movies that make people think. For me, it’s not that I’m striving to make any one type of movie, I’m trying to make movies that people want to watch again and again, either because it’s a puzzle they have to figure out or they’ve had a hard day and this movie just wraps around them.” The Sesame Street movie definitely falls under the latter.