Saturday, April 20, 2024

Exclusive: Selena Gomez Circling Linda Ronstadt Bio Pic in Perfect Casting, Biggest Pop Star of the 70s


Selena Gomez was snubbed by the TV Academy again today for her work on “Only Murders in the Building.”

But she could up for an Oscar in a couple of years for playing 70s and 80s pop icon Linda Ronstadt.

I’m hearing that James Keach, who produced the award winning documentary, “The Sound of My Voice,” about Ronstadt, has a script and is talking to Gomez.

Talk about perfect casting. Gomez can sing like crazy, and her versions of Linda’s long list of hits would go right up the charts. They include “You’re No Good,” “Blue Bayou,” “It’s So Easy,” “Different Drummer,” and “When Will I Be Loved.” The latter should the title.

Ronstadt is battling a version of Parkinson’s and has been retired for a few years. But she’s got a keen mind, which was evident from her bestselling memoir.

The story is plenty juicy as it would track Linda singing with the Eagles and Jackson Browne, then peeling off into superstardom. Among her boyfriends: California Governor Jerry Brown, and “Star Wars” creator/director George Lucas. Ronstadt was portrayed as a sex kitten in Annie Liebovitz photos, but she was a smart cookie. She also had The Voice. At one point she starred on Broadway in “The Pirates of Penzance.” She’s always been cool.

Gomez has the chops to do it. She also has a great voice, a big music following, and acting credits. She’s terrific on “Murders” and was also great in Woody Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York.” I really hope this happens ASAP when all the guild trouble is over. PS He’s probably too old but Luke Wilson would have made a great Jerry Brown.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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