Reese Witherspoon To Play Peggy Lee
The untitled project will be written and directed by Nora Ephron (Julie & Julia) and produced by Witherspoon alongwith Marc Platt.
Apparently, Witherspoon bought the rights to Peggy Lee’s story from the late singer’s daughter Holly Foster-Wells and then approached Platt whom she had worked with previously on Legally Blonde.
Aside from being an iconic singer, Lee was also a songwriter and an actress who leant her voice to Disney’s Lady In The Tramp in 1955. She’s mostly famous for her 1958 rendition of the Little Willie John song, Fever, which has since become her signature song. While her career was always on the up and up, her personal life was frequently troubled – she married four times and never made it past the eight year mark.
Lee will be the second singer that Witherspoon will portray in a biopic, having already won an Oscar for Walk The Line in which she played country singer June Carter Cash. It’ll be quite a leap to go from country music to jazz but Witherspoon must be confident in her singing skills if she’s the project’s instigator.