Anne Hathaway can sing. She proved that at this year’s Oscars. But can she Judy Garland sing? As we reported earlier today, the Oscar nominee has signed on to play the legendary star in stage and screen adaptations of Gerald Clarke’s 2001 biography Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. (The Weinstein Company has optioned rights for both theater and movie adaptations.) The project is only in the nascent stages, so there’s no start date, writer, or director.
Still, Hathaway’s name is bound to get the phones ringing at the Weinstein Co. this afternoon. The announcement certainly got my attention. For one, it’s pretty rare that an actor signs up for a multi-platform extravaganza like this one. The logistics alone are enough to make an agent’s head explode. And taking on one of the most iconic performers of the 20th century is certainly a bold move on young Ms. Hathaway’s part. Let’s not forget that Judy Davis played Garland to Emmy-winning perfection eight years ago in the TV miniseries, Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. But with a good script — or rather, scripts — and the right director, Hathaway could knock our socks off with this one. She even sort of looks like Garland.
What do you think? Can Hathaway do justice to Liza’s mama? Who should direct? While you’re mulling that over, click below to watch Garland sing “Get Happy” in 1950’s Summer Stock.