Reese Witherspoon Starring in Nora Ephron's Peggy Lee Biopic
by Ethan Anderton
August 10, 2010
She's already impressed plenty of people in her Oscar winning performance as June Carter in Walk the Line including a surprisingly spectacular singing voice. Now Reese Witherspoon is putting her vocal chords to work again as Variety reports the actress will be starring in a currently untitled biopic about jazz/pop singer, songwriter, composer and actress Peggy Lee. Witherspoon secured the life rights with the approval of Lee's granddaughter Holly Foster-Wells, followed by the attachment of producer Marc Platt (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Nine) and romantic comedy favorite Nora Ephron (of Julie & Julia) to write and direct the movie.
Ephron happens to be a huge fan of Lee's work and the project is now on the move towards production. Lee is one hell of an eclectic talent with a career in singing and songwriting, not to mention TV and film acting. In music she's responsible for the smoothy jazzy cover of Little Willie John's song "Fever". She also earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) in addition to providing her voice and songwriting talents for Disney's animated classic Lady and the Tramp. Her career spanned almost 70 years influencing the likes of Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler and Madonna. It will be rather interesting to hear Witherspoon move from twangy country to sultry jazz. Anyone else interested?