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Old 01-10-24, 02:37 PM
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Linda Ronstadt biopic - S: Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez will play Linda Ronstadt in an upcoming biopic.

The pop singer and “Only Murders in the Building” star teased the role on Wednesday by posting a picture of Ronstadt’s 2013 memoir “Simple Dreams” on Instagram.

The music biopic is currently in pre-production, with producers including Ronstadt’s manager, John Boylan, and James Keach, who produced the 2019 documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.”

Ronstadt is a country, rock ‘n’ roll and Latin music legend, with her 1970s albums “Heart Like a Wheel” and “Simple Dreams” reaching critical and commercial success and showcasing her versatility across genres. Throughout her career she has won 11 Grammys, and she was honored by both the Recording Academy and the Latin Recording Academy with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Ronstadt and Gomez are both of Mexican descent. The latter was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance on Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” which she executive produces and stars in alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short. Gomez broke out as an actor on Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” and achieved success as a music artist with hits like “Lose You to Love Me” and “Love You Like a Love Song.”

Ronstadt’s 2019 doc was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and chronicled the artist’s nearly five-decade career and domination of the country-rock genre. In 2011, Ronstadt announced her retirement, later revealing she is no longer able to sing due to her progressive supranuclear palsy, which was originally mistaken for Parkinson’s.

Rolling Stone reported the news first.

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https://variety.com/2024/film/news/s...-JmmAlTJZvkQtE
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Re: Linda Ronstadt biopic - S: Selena Gomez

I truly LOVE that casting. Right heritage, great singing voice, decent enough actor, close enough age. Hard to cast a famous person as a famous singer and do much better than that.
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Re: Linda Ronstadt biopic - S: Selena Gomez

Good casting choice, but as referenced in the Rolling Stone/Variety articles the Rondstadt Documentary is only a few years old and it is a fantastic documentary film! I watched it with my brother and Dad less than 2 years back and we were all impressed.

If it is well directed I can see how this might still appeal to quite a few fans of her music who would be willing to see her life story adapted for viewing on the big screen.
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I like the choice too. Has all the key qualities as mentioned. And she has a big fan base.
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Can't get much closer than that:



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I truly LOVE that casting. Right heritage, great singing voice, decent enough actor, close enough age. Hard to cast a famous person as a famous singer and do much better than that.
could not agree more!
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Re: Linda Ronstadt biopic - S: Selena Gomez

David O. Russell to direct:
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That’s disappointing. It’s been 25 years since Russell made a movie I enjoyed.
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That’s disappointing. It’s been 25 years since Russell made a movie I enjoyed.
You didn't like Silver Linings Playbook?
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You didn't like Silver Linings Playbook?
Nope. Didn’t like American Hustle, Amsterdam, The Fighter, or I Heart Huckabees either. I never saw Joy.

I did really like Three Kings through.

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I know Russell is an acclaimed director, but I think he's an odd choice to direct a music bio. I mean unless he's a huge Ronstadt fan and really sold himself on his job.
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I know Russell is an acclaimed director, but I think he's an odd choice to direct a music bio. I mean unless he's a huge Ronstadt fan and really sold himself on his job.
I heard he always wanted to scream at Selena Gomez
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I know Russell is an acclaimed director, but I think he's an odd choice to direct a music bio. I mean unless he's a huge Ronstadt fan and really sold himself on his job.
I'd much rather see something more daring, narratively. I imagine Russell will make something more like Rocketman than Bohemian Rhapsody, in terms of how interesting the story is, But yes, odd choice for a biopic, based on his past work.

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I heard he always wanted to scream at Selena Gomez


Russell has a history of working with top tier acting talent. I like Gomez, but I wouldn't put her in that class. I hope she is up to the challenge, acting wise. I happen to love her singing voice.
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I only hope she does her right. Linda is one of my favorite singers...
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I wonder how they will handle her losing her voice. It's the most dramatic part of her story, but it happened late in life.
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Hopefully Selena can nail it and use her own voice instead of some electronic trickery.
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Hopefully Selena can nail it and use her own voice instead of some electronic trickery.
I still hate that Jamie Foxx and Rami Malek won Oscars for lip-synching.
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I still hate that Jamie Foxx and Rami Malek won Oscars for lip-synching.
And Gary Busey didn't win one despite singing (and playing guitar!) himself.

That said, I don't really think the singing in the bio-pics makes the decision on whether it's an Academy Award-winning role. That's where the Grammys come in, but not the acting awards. My bigger gripe (and I've made this before, when discussing acting Oscars) is the actors essentially doing an impression of someone famous and getting an award for it. I think the voters get hung up on if he or she "nailed" the performance, I.E., did a satisfactory impression of the famous person they're portraying.

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