Williams circles Nellie Forbush role.

The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye hears that Michelle Williams (‘Oz The Great And Powerful,’ ‘Blue Valentine’) has been offered the lead in director Michael Mayer’s new big-screen version of the classic musical ‘South Pacific.’

Based on the stories in James A. Michener’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel ‘Tales of the South Pacific,’ the 1949 Broadway stage play is set on a South Pacific island during World War II, and tells of the romance between Navy nurse Nellie Forbush, from rural Arkansas, and the wealthy, sophisticated planter, Frenchman Emile De Becque.

Author Lynn Grossman has penned the screenplay for the new adaptation, and according to Bamigboye’s sources, it is richly developed and not sterile like the one used in Joshua Logan’s 1959 movie starring Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi.