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?
There's sexy and then there's sensuous; Peggy Lee's look and singing defined both and Witherspoon is perfect to play her. For Disney fans who are not familiar with Peggy Lee, she did a number of voices for the movie The Lady and the Tramp including Darling, Si and Am and Peg, the sultry dog in the pound. Really looking forward to Witherspoon sing Fever and Is That All There is? A biopic of Peggy Lee is is taylor made for Ephron's style as well and it could finally be her hom run.
Hattori Hanzo on Aug 10, 2010
I like Witherspoon a great deal. But she looks nothing like Peggy Lee.
Film Fan on Aug 10, 2010
Sounds boring...I'll pass.
peloquin on Aug 10, 2010
Im not even sure why she's one of the highest paid actresses around. I hate her movies
mandarin on Aug 10, 2010
Reese, your critics have no appreciation for great acting. You are wonderful. Sweet Home Alabama and Walk the Line are two classics that will live forever. You are so natural it does not even feel like you are acting. My movie friends all love you. If I was 20 years younger........................
grant on Aug 11, 2010
Can't wait for a new Reese movie. She is as good as it gets. Sweet Home Alabama and Walk the Line are true classics and will live forever. Reese, you are a natural, my movie friends all love you. Such refreshing relief from the dumb sci-fi's and karate junk. We need you.
grant on Aug 11, 2010
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