Filmmaker David O. Russell has been chosen to direct the Linda Ronstadt Biopic, and Selena Gomez is set to play Ronstadt, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The “Single Soon” singer hinted at the role on social media. On January 9th, Gomez shared a picture of Ronstadt’s 2013 memoir, Simple Dreams, on her Instagram Stories.
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 for the biopic has not been 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.”
Meanwhile, Ronstadt announced her retirement in 2011, citing her Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, but later sharing that she actually has a brain disorder called progressive supranuclear palsy, which resembles Parkinson’s.
She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 and received a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy in 2016.