What happened to Donna? (Casting SPOILERS)

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What happened to Donna?

Donna will be recast (please name an actress from the cast list)
70
33%
Donna left town
82
38%
Donna is dead
37
17%
Lara Flynn Boyle will make a surprise cameo appearance as Donna
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6%
Moira Kelly will make a surprise cameo appearance as Donna
11
5%
Other (alternative theories welcome!)
2
1%
 
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby ForKeeps » Sat May 14, 2016 6:27 pm

Maybe she wasn't available. Maybe she's retired. Look at her IMDB, she hasn't done much more than a few episodes of TV in the last decade. Or maybe she just didn't want to do it. There are lots of possible reasons. It's not that hard to fathom.
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby madeleineferguson » Sun May 15, 2016 1:18 am

I wish someone could reach out and ask Moira... we might be able to tell if she's signed an NDA.

I know that Lara Flynn Boyle isn't well, but it's a little strange we've not heard much from her either. I wonder if when they asked her back (if they actually did), they told her some details about the plot, but first had her sign an NDA?
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby Dining With Diane » Sun May 15, 2016 1:18 pm

Donna has always been the opposite of Laura. no drugs, no abuse, no working at One Eyed Jacks or posting ads in Flesh World.
given that she tried to imitate Laura at times, i think it would be interesting if Sheryl Lee was the new Donna Hayward
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby metrojoe82 » Sun May 15, 2016 1:36 pm

I'm still choosing to believe Ashley Judd is Donna :)
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Postby N. Needleman » Sun May 15, 2016 1:39 pm

She ain't.
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby LostInTheMovies » Sun May 15, 2016 1:52 pm

N. Needleman wrote:She ain't.


Sheryl Lee, Ashley Judd, or both?
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby metrojoe82 » Sun May 15, 2016 3:12 pm

Also down with Lee playing Donna. That would work for a variety of reasons.
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby Jerry Horne » Sun May 15, 2016 3:23 pm

I can assure everybody that Sheryl is not playing Donna :lol:
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby N. Needleman » Sun May 15, 2016 4:50 pm

Neither of them are playing Donna. I'm betting no one is playing Donna.
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby LostInTheMovies » Sun May 15, 2016 5:09 pm

So funny that the Hayward sisters, who have a total of maybe 8 minutes screentime combined, will be in it but Donna won't! Especially she was initially conceived as the primary female star of the show (well, alongside maybe Josie and Catherine - who also apparently won't be in it). I hope they at least address her absence.
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Postby madeleineferguson » Sun May 15, 2016 9:53 pm

Jerry Horne wrote:I can assure everybody that Sheryl is not playing Donna :lol:


I am losing my shit that you know who Sheryl Lee is playing!
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby madeleineferguson » Sun May 15, 2016 10:00 pm

LostInTheMovies wrote:So funny that the Hayward sisters, who have a total of maybe 8 minutes screentime combined, will be in it but Donna won't! Especially she was initially conceived as the primary female star of the show (well, alongside maybe Josie and Catherine - who also apparently won't be in it). I hope they at least address her absence.


They have to address it, she's connected to too many characters we know are returning. Either in the book, or on the show there's got to be some word of her.
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby Sidgwick » Mon May 16, 2016 5:50 am

I thought Kelly deputised well enough in FWWM, but it’s worth pointing that she is apparently infamous in West Wing circles for what is perceived to be a terrible performance in its first season. She wasn’t even given the dignity of being written out – she was Harriet-ed, funnily enough.

This may or may not account for her absence – I just thought it bore a mention.

I have no idea how Donna will be handled. The Twitter emoji struck me as a way of generating speculation respectfully – even a ‘no’ would have been more likely to be perceived as a transgression against the production.
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby laughingpinecone » Mon May 16, 2016 6:00 am

I ended up liking Kelly more than LFB and I haven't seen her elsewhere, but I'm glad she's not reprising the role.
Regardless of one's opinion on the metaphysical fan theories about her change, I think we can all agree that even just the way Donna was written in FWWM underlines that Laura's death was a major turning point in her life. So to me, even just 100% figuratively, Kelly represents Donna's distant past, an innocence she can't go back to. Coherently, unless that happened to be exactly her character's trajectory (100% got over that trauma, went back to her previous self), I'm glad they're moving forward instead of going back...
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Re: What happened to Donna? (Casting Spoilers)

Postby Dining With Diane » Mon May 16, 2016 8:47 am

Jerry Horne wrote:I can assure everybody that Sheryl is not playing Donna :lol:


as long as it's not another identical cousin, as that would just be the wrong sort of silly.
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