At long last, Julia Child will get the big-screen biopic she deserves

Julia Child at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Julia Child at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Photo: Rick Friedman (Corbis via Getty Images)

Julia Child feels like she’s always been a part of our collective culinary consciousness. But her rise to prominence in the mid-20th century was unconventional: She was a middle-aged woman cooking sometimes unfamiliar French food for American audiences—to say nothing of her slight clumsiness and sense of humor. Though we’ve seen her on the big screen before, Julia Child will soon get the reverent, feminist-lens treatment she deserves, courtesy of a forthcoming film from directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen.

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Variety reports West and Cohen chose to bring the Julia Child biopic to the screen after directing RBG, which led them on the hunt for “another female pioneer whose life warranted deeper exploration.” No release date is set yet.

“She was larger than life, literally,” West told Variety. “She was 6’2” or 6’3” and kind of clunky in a way, but also totally self-confident and funny and authentic, and people really responded to it.”

Here’s hoping this treatment of Child’s life explores her as a nuanced person, an unlikely hero for many home cooks and anyone who fell well outside their profession’s typical mold. We’re also crossing our fingers for far more kitchen explosions than we found in Julie & Juliabut can we keep Meryl Streep involved? 

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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This is super exciting. I have so fond memories of her and the frugal gourmet as a kid when I wasn’t watching Fraggle Rock or some other form of muppet. It’s what sparked me wanting to cook. Also all the math and reading involved gave me a huge head start in those things with something I was passionate about.

That voice of hers is still easily identifiable, imo as much as James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman.