anne hathaway to take on judy garland!

anne hathaway to take on judy garland!
March 24, 2009 MICHAEL KNUDSEN

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