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Carey Mulligan's Best Actress Oscar nomination for 'An Education' transformed her from little-known ingenue into red carpet royalty, so an educational transformation from screechy London street urchin to well-spoken duchess shouldn't be too big a stretch.

Mulligan is all but signed to play Eliza Doolittle, the role made famous on Broadway by Julie Andrews and onscreen by Audrey Hepburn in a new version of 'My Fair Lady.' So says the film's screenwriter, Oscar-winning actress-turned-Oscar-winning scribe Emma Thompson. Talking to the BBC on Thursday while promoting her new movie 'Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang,' Thompson said of the Doolittle role, "I think Carey is set to play it, yes." Carey Mulligan's Best Actress Oscar nomination for 'An Education' transformed her from little-known ingenue into red carpet royalty, so an educational transformation from screechy London street urchin to well-spoken duchess shouldn't be too big a stretch.

Mulligan is all but signed to play Eliza Doolittle, the role made famous on Broadway by Julie Andrews and onscreen by Audrey Hepburn in a new version of 'My Fair Lady.' So says the film's screenwriter, Oscar-winning actress-turned-Oscar-winning scribe Emma Thompson. Talking to the BBC on Thursday while promoting her new movie 'Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang,' Thompson said of the Doolittle role, "I think Carey is set to play it, yes."

Thompson, who earned an Academy Award for her 'Sense and Sensibility' screenplay and has written the scripts to both of her 'Nanny McPhee' movies, has been working on the musical remake for at least two years. For a long time, Keira Knightley's name was mentioned as a possible Eliza, but she took herself out of the running earlier this year when other projects came along. In February, Mulligan denied she was in talks to take on the iconic role, telling Digital Spy, "It would be lovely, but no." (Don't you mean "loverly"?)

Mulligan, who'll return to movie theaters next week in family drama 'The Greatest,' still says she's not sure if she's doing 'My Fair Lady.' Talking to Movieline today, in response to Thompson's remark, Mulligan said, "Well, that's hugely flattering. That would be great. I really don't know, at this point, what's happening with that. That's lovely that Emma said that, that's really nice, but honestly, I don't know." Mulligan also said she wasn't sure if she'd star in 'Effie,' another long-gestating screenplay written by Thompson.

Thompson said the male lead has not yet been cast. Daniel Day-Lewis was once associated with the project, but after 'Nine,' he probably won't be doing another musical any time soon. Responding to a rumor that her 'Sensibility' costar Hugh Grant would play the haughty professor Henry Higgins, Thompson told the BBC yesterday, "I love Hugh, so I'd love him to do it. He might want to, he might not want to, so we don't know yet. But hopefully we'll make it later this year."

Note to Emma Thompson: Our pick would be Colin Firth. Wouldn't he be loverly?