Back in February 2016, FMS reported that French production company MK2 Films had "slated" (as they say in the movie business) a film called P.E.A.R.L. which would tell the story of "a professional female bodybuilding star Lea Pearl, whose past catches up with her when, just a few hours from the final of the most important competition of her career, her ex-boyfriend shows up with the 6-year-old son she has not seen in years".
Filming was due to begin that September, and MK2 reported that the lead character would be played by "a real-life British bodybuilding star" and "announced shortly".
FMS immediately weighed in with casting suggestions from the obvious (Lisa Cross, Rene Campbell) to the frankly unlikely. Readers were enthused ("OMFG! That's INCREDIBLE NEWS!!!"). Fan forums briefly, but loudly, buzzed with anticipation.
Who is Lea Pearl?
Well, it's taken a while, but we can now answer that question.
It's Julia Föry.
Not British, not a pro, but I think we can all agree a very good choice.
And even more excitingly, Julia is not going to play Lea Pearl, she already has played Lea Pearl. Filming began on 22nd September last year, it's already, as they say "in the can". The latest from MK2 is that the film is currently "in post-production", meaning it could well be doing the festival rounds as early as this summer.
We'll bring you more news as soon as we have any.