Called it

Posted by · 4:40 pm · March 23rd, 2009

You may recall that a few weeks ago, I mentioned that Harvey Weinstein had a Judy Garland biopic in the works.

Back then, I contemplated the potentially perfect Oscar storm represented by the lead role: a biopic of a showbiz icon, covering substance abuse and mental instability, requiring song-and-dance skills, all backed up by the mighty campaigning power of Weinstein.

Wondering which actress might be lucky enough to nab the opportunity, I suggested that Anne Hathaway could be a neat fit for the part.

Well, if Jeff Wells is to be believed, it seems that Weinstein is of a similar mind: Hathaway is “officially attached” to the project. I wonder if her game Broadway-style hamming at last month’s Oscar ceremony helped her cause at all?

Seriously, though, this is perfect timing for the starlet: if “Rachel Getting Married” served as a sketchy but intriguing blueprint of what talents she had stored up, this is the kind of expansive, weighty mainstream project that would solidify her arrival as potentially the go-to leading lady of her generation. If she pulls it off, I maintain that it’s hard to imagine the Academy resisting.

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  • 1 3-23-2009 at 5:32 pm

    James D. said...

    Good news. Hathaway is my favorite new young actress.

  • 2 3-23-2009 at 7:23 pm

    Andrew L. said...

    Would have to hear her rendition of “The Man That Got Away” first…

  • 3 3-23-2009 at 11:30 pm

    Alex said...

    Her appearance on SNL further qualifies her for this role.

    Assuming the script is halfway decent, who should direct this film in such a way that it is neither a biopic in the ‘Ray’ mould, nor some hokey TV movie of the week?

    A perfect name doesn’t really come to mind…

  • 4 3-24-2009 at 1:06 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Andrew L: Well, she wouldn’t necessarily have to do all her own singing. After all, Marion Cotillard and Jamie Foxx didn’t.

    I’m always more impressed when actors do, though. (Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn, for example. Incredible.)

    Alex: I suspect a conventional biopic in the “Ray” mold could be the idea.

  • 5 3-24-2009 at 7:00 am

    Bernardo said...

    This is good news for her and the Weinstein Company, as we can see:
    2008- Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz
    2009- one of the girls of “Nine”
    2010- Anne

  • 6 3-24-2009 at 8:03 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Well, I wouldn’t regard a win for “Nine” as a fait accompli just yet, Bernardo.

  • 7 3-24-2009 at 11:03 am

    GordonsGirl said...

    Who should direct? Scorsese

    Here’s another casting idea – Alan Cumming as Vincente Minnelli.

  • 8 3-24-2009 at 2:43 pm

    Patryk said...

    Judy Davis gave us the definitive Garland portrayal. I doubt anyone can do a better job.

  • 9 3-24-2009 at 5:00 pm

    Alex said...

    GordonsGirl: The idea of Scorcese directing a biopic about the mother of the lead actress of New York, New York is too much for me.

    Though he would never actually do it, I would love to see what someone like Bennett Miller could do with something like this. Capote was a masterful achievement.

  • 10 3-24-2009 at 8:29 pm

    rosengje said...

    Scorsese had a pretty bad experience with TWC (then Miramax) over Gangs of New York if I recall correctly. Still, the meta-commentary would be worth it.

  • 11 3-25-2009 at 3:16 am

    Jack Twist said...

    Ang Lee should direct this film. Ang Lee brought Anne into the big league with Brokeback Mountain, it will be Ang who will have to finish the job.