Anne Hathaway will play Judy Garland not once but twice! She will star in the Weinstein Co.’s film adaptation of the stars biography Get Happy written by Gerald Clarke and she will also star in a stage adaptation of the same material.
It is still unclear which version will 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.”
Hathaway’s commitment has already prompted strong interest from filmmakers, screenwriters and librettists.
“You get an enhanced perspective of Judy Garland through this book and we feel Anne can really put her own stamp on that,” he said.
Get Happy is the second stage project for Hathaway to be announced this spring. The actress stars later this summer in the Shakespeare in the Park production of “Twelfth Night.”
The actress, who showed off her singing talents during the opening number to this year’s Oscars along side Hugh Jackman, has long been discussed as a promising candidate for Broadway.
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