Reese Witherspoon's Peggy Lee biopic gets a director
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Reese Witherspoon is on a roll this year thanks to three upcoming films, one of which is already garnering serious Best Actress chatter, and it looks like her hot streak is going to continue. Witherspoon has long been attached to a biopic of singer Peggy Lee—she even obtained the rights from Lee’s estate—but now the project is getting underway with Todd Haynes on board. Haynes, who directed the ’50s period piece Far From Heaven and unconventional Bob Dylan movie I’m Not There, is now attached to direct the film, EW has confirmed. Originally the project was supposed to be written and directed by Nora Ephron, who died in 2012. The film is based on Ephron’s screenplay, but Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Doug Wright came on to work on the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Though the news is bittersweet knowing the potential Witherspoon-Ephron collaboration we’ll never have, it’s also exciting given the current career revival Witherspoon is undergoing. After winning Best Actress for 2005’s Walk the Line, Witherspoon had a series of flops that included How Do You Know and This Means War. But she’s already received raves and Oscar buzz for her work in the upcoming Wild, and has two more films coming out before the end of this year including The Good Lie and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. In the spirit of Matthew McConaughey, call it the Reeseaissance or the Spoonaissance or whatever you want. Just know that it’s here to stay, and Witherspoon probably has a pretty good “Fever” up her sleeve.