Anne Hathaway to Birth Liza Minelli

March 24, 2009


Welp, Anne Hathaway has guaranteed herself one more Academy Award nomination. Delving even farther into "take me seriously" territory, the actress has signed on to star in stage and screen adaptations of Get Happy, a biography on the life of Judy Garland:

Anne Hathaway will play Judy Garland in the Weinstein Co.'s legit [stage] and film adaptations of the Gerald Clarke-penned biography "Get Happy."

VP of production and development Ben Famiglietti, whose purview includes both film and legit productions, said it is unclear which version would come first. The stage version would naturally be cheaper and quicker to produce, but some filmmakers could even guide both, starting with a film.

While Garland's life and legacy have been explored before in popular culture, Weinstein noted Clarke's take "is particularly outstanding because of its exclusive details from her own writings."

Famiglietti said Hathaway's commitment has already prompted strong interest from filmmakers, screenwriters and librettists.

Considering that the majority of my Judy Garland knowledge comes from The Wizard of Oz and three seconds in a Looney Tunes cartoon I didn't understand as a child, I'm probably not the best person to evaluate this casting. I guess Anne Hathaway seems pretty Garlandish, right?

Anne Hathaway gets 'Happy' [Variety]

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