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Todd Haynes Now Directing Reese Witherspoon's Peggy Lee Biopic

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September 8, 2014
Source: THR

Peggy Lee / Todd Haynes

Over four years ago, Reese Witherspoon was slated to take on another musical biopic as jazz/pop singer, songwriter, composer and actress Peggy Lee. At the time, it was Witherspoon herself had secured Lee's 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. And while the project had been slowly developing, it was put on hold after Ephron passed away in 2012. But now the project is back with a rewrite and a new director. Read on!

THR has word that Far from Heaven and I'm Not Here director Todd Haynes will get behind the camera, complete with a rewrite of the script from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (Quills). The project is set up at Fox 2000, which already saw Witherspoon find great success with an Oscar win for Best Actress by bringing June Carter to life in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. But now she gets to take the lead and likely showcase her singing talents all over again, albeit with an artist who is far different from the country western and folk singer.

For those who don't know, Lee is a very eclectic talent with an impressive career in singing and songwriting, along with TV and film acting. In music she's responsible for the smooth 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. We're just wondering if any of those famous faces will be brought to life too.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Reese Witherspoon needs a decent flick. Her career is sagging.
  • barneygoogle
    Lee 's art was subtle and nuanced; today's audience will have a problem unless they turn Peggy into a cliché.

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