anne hathaway to take on judy garland!

good morning! actress anne hathaway is about to take on the role of a lifetime – yesterday film executive harvey weinstein announced she will be playing legendary star of stage and screen judy garland – the biopic will be based on author gerald clarke‘s biography get happy: the life of judy garland and will include both a screen and stage adaptation! this could go one of two ways – either she’ll walk of with an oscar (and/or tony) or her tail between her legs … this project is a huge undertaking! (apparently she’ll also be singing some of judy’s classic tunes) this role comes hot on the heels of her recent oscar nomination for her work in rachel getting married (which i still need to see) i think she’s an excellent choice – i’m keeping my fingers crossed the project will do justice to ms. garland’s incredible life story which was tragically cut short at the age of 47 after an accidental overdose (sadly judy struggled for years with drugs and alcohol) i wonder what daughter liza minnelli thinks of anne taking on her mother? back in 2001 tammy blanchard and judy davis both won emmy awards for their portrayal of ms. garland in the mini-series me and my shadowshopefully ms. hathaway will enjoy the same success with the role! (this sure is a far cry from her days of the princess diaries) popbytes over & out for now … xoxo

PS you must watch the video below of judy performing with a young liza – her resemblance to ms. hathaway is quite uncanny!

“We are thrilled to have the brilliantly talented Anne Hathaway portray stage and screen legend Judy Garland. I have worked with Anne on projects in the past and have known her for many years. She will be a true class act in this challenging role. Gerald Clarke’s biography is a fascinating and comprehensive look at Garland’s life and is particularly outstanding because of its exclusive details from her own writings. Her story is incredible subject matter for both theatre and film and we look forward to bringing it to audiences.” – Harvey Weinstein


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  • wow gold

    This is probably the biggest break for Anne Hathaway! Hopefully she can pull it off and grab awards through it.

  • RubyHeart

    Do producers choose actors purely based on recent accolades? Doesn’t a credible physical resemblance count for anything? Anne is a great actress and has a beautiful singing voice, but I just don’t think she is the right person to portray Judy Garland.
    Judy was teeny, not even 5′ tall, had a petite nose, and her vocal range was mezzo soprano/alto. Anne is a full 5’8″, has a long nose, and sings first soprano. (I’ve only heard her sing twice, but she sounded like a first to me.) My choir director said most altos have bunny faces — small and roundish — and most sopranos have gazelle faces — long and angular. (It has to do with the facial bones and the shape of the sinus cavity.) I have noticed over the years the accuracy of the analogy. Judy the mezzo/alto had a bunny-ish face, and Anne the soprano has a gazelle-ish face.
    My point in all this is, unless Anne has at least a 4 octave vocal range that allows her to really belt it out as a rich mezzo like Judy, she’ll have a tough time singing these songs convincingly… at least without damaging her vocal cords.
    This reminds me of when the amazonian Eva La Rue — her IMDb profile says she’s 5’7″, but puh-leeze! She’s 5’10” if she’s an inch! — was cast as the 5’4″ Annette Funicello in a TV movie, and it was just silly. All they had in common was a big bosom and dark hair. They were physically different in every other way, not just in height. Did the producers really think being dark-haired and busty was enough to make us overlook the massive differences between them?? It wasn’t! I realize that a physical resemblance is usually lower on the list of priorities when casting a role like this, but if the look is too far off, it’s a distraction.
    Honestly, I see a much stronger resemblance between Anne and Liza than Anne and Judy. Anne’s taller than Liza, but only by 4 inches, and I can get over that because they have a lot more in common physically. The one problem is, again, the singing voice, because Liza sings just like Judy. Anne might be able to stretch down for it, but I would hate it if it sounded forced.
    Mainly, though, it’s the look that makes or breaks something like this for me. Voices can be dubbed, hair can be dyed, but what do they intend to do about Anne’s prominent nose and 8 extra inches of legs? CG off the end of her nose and have her walk in trenches through the whole movie?