Michelle Williams has been tapped to star in the upcoming biopic about American singer and actress Peggy Lee.
Entitled Fever, the film will be directed by Todd Haynes with Marc Platt, Reese Witherspoon, and Killer Films’ Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon producing. Doug Wright is reworking the screenplay that was originally written by Nora Ephron.
Born in 1920, Lee began her career singing on local radio before becoming a big band singer in the early 1940s. She went on to become a solo artist and songwriter, recording over 1,000 masters and composing nearly 300 songs throughout her career. She recorded hits like “Fever,” “Is That All There Is?,” and "It's a Good Day." Lee also starred and appeared in a number of films and TV shows. She died in 2002 at the age of 81.
According to Deadline, Billie Eilish is in early discussions with the filmmakers to sign on as an executive producer alongside her mother Maggie Baird and her business partner Justin Lubliner. Eilish has previously cited Lee as an inspiration for her music, and she took part in a celebration of Lee’s life and career last May.
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