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Selena Gomez’s Linda Ronstadt Biopic

The feature centers on the life of the 11-time Grammy winner.

The feature starring Selena Gomez as Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt is taking shape. Filmmaker David O. Russell is attached to direct the film, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The film, which is not yet set up at a studio, first came to public light last week, when Gomez shared a post to her Instagram Stories featuring Ronstadt’s 2013 memoir, Simple Dreams.

Ronstadt’s key 1970s albums include Simple Dreams and Heart Like a Wheel. Her music ranged from country to rock ‘n’ roll to Latin. She released 29 albums over her decades-long career and received lifetime achievement awards from the Recording Academy and the Latin Recording Academy. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. The artist, who won 11 Grammys during her career, retired from singing after being diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative disease.

The upcoming film will be produced by James Keach (who also produced the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line and the Grammy-winning Ronstadt documentary The Sound of My Voice) along with Boylan, according to the website of Great Eastern Music, a music publisher founded by John Boylan, the “Blue Bayou” singer’s manager. A title for the biopic has not revealed.

It’s not hard to see why Gomez would be a good fit for the role. According to the Only Murders in the Building star herself, she bears a resemblance to the 11-time Grammy winner. “I always used to get told that I look like her,” Gomez previously shared during a 2015 appearance on On Air With Ryan Seacrest. “And I started listening to her music because of that.”

Russell is a five-time Academy Awards nominee for such films as Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and The Fighter. His latest movie in the theaters was 2022’s Amsterdam, which featured an all-star cast of Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington.

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