Reese Witherspoon Has Fever to Play Peggy Lee 


Reese Witherspoon already won an Oscar for playing a real-life character, now, the actress wants to produce and star in the new untitled biopic of influential singer Peggy Lee.

Witherspoon, who took home the 2006 Best Actress Oscar for playing June Carter in "Walk the Line," is producing with Marc Platt for Fox 2000 according to Variety. Nora Ephron is writing and attached to direct.

Witherspoon met with Lee's granddaughter, Holly Foster-Wells, and secured the rights to the singer's story. She then approached Platt who turned her into a household name with the "Legally Blonde" franchise.

Fox 2000 was also the studio behind "Walk the Line." Much like that Johnny Cash biopic, this upcoming film will chronicle Lee's rise to fame as a singer, songwriter, composer, and actress whose career spanned nearly seven decades. Among Lee's most popular song is "Fever" and she's considered as one of the most influential jazz vocalists of all time.

The big question? Does Witherspoon have the jazz voice to give justice to Lee's songs? Or will she lip-sync?

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