Reese Witherspoon will croon as Peggy Lee

HollywoodNews.com: After catching the music icon bug on “Walk the Line,” Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon is in talks to headline a Peggy Lee biopic to be written and directed by Nora Ephron.

Witherspoon scooped up the rights to Lee’s story from her estate. Variety says that Witherspoon met with Lee’s granddaughter Holly Foster-Wells.

Witherspoon plans to produce with Marc Platt.

The actress sought out Ephron, who happened to be a fan of Lee.

Lee’s career lasted seven decades. Variety writes:

She rose to prominence during the big band era and had her first hit, “Somebody Else is Taking My Place,” in 1941. She recorded a series of hit albums and songs, including “Fever” and “Is That All There Is?” during the next 30 years. She’s regarded as one of the most influential jazz vocalists of all time.

Lee also was a prolific songwriter. She penned a number of songs and voiced several characters in Disney’s 1955 animated hit “Lady in the Tramp.” In the early 1990s, Lee won a landmark case against the Mouse House for royalties from homevid sales of the pic.

Her career extended to television and the bigscreen, where her credits included the 1952 redo of “The Jazz Singer” and “Pete Kelly’s Blues.”

Witherspoon’s next film is the James L. Brooks drama-edy “How Do You Know?” opposite Paul Rudd which will bow in December. She will star alongside Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz in “Water for Elephants” slated for April.

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