Reese Witherspoon To Play Late Jazz Singer Peggy Lee On Screen

August 11th, 2010 - 7:47 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
reeceAug 11, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Oscar winning actress Reese Witherspoon is all set to enliven on screen the struggle of the late jazz singer Peggy Lee who died in 2002 aged 81. According to sources, Reese Witherspoon has secured the rights from Peggy Lee’s estate that allows her to make a film on the life of the late jazz singer. The actress will not only act in the lead role in the proposed film but will also co-produce it. The co-stars to be featured in the film are yet to declared and the agents of the actress are reportedly negotiating the details of the deal.

According to reports, it is Reese Witherspoon who had taken the initiative to go ahead with the project. The actress had reportedly met the singer’s granddaughter Holly Foster-Wells to secure the rights and then approached Marc Platt, to co-produce the film along with her. She had worked with Mark Plate on the “Legally Blonde” series. Reese Witherspoon has also convinced famous writer-director Nora Ephron to write the script of the film and direct it as well.

The film will focus not only on Peggy Lee’s professional life as a jazz singer that spanned for seven decades, but also on her eventful personal life where she had seen many lows. Many critics have voiced that the role will provide Reese Witherspoon with an opportunity to explore herself as an actress. The fans might get to see the actress exploring her vocal skills as well. Reese Witherspoon was last seen on screen in 2008 comedy “Four Christmases” and the lady will be returning to the silver screen this December with James Brooks’s romantic comedy “How Do You Know?”

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