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Guess Who's Playing Judy Garland? You Get One Guess.

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 23, 2009 |

Before you start pulling your hair and ranting at the wind, let’s do this. Let’s just concede that a Judy Garland biopic was inevitable. Every great screen legend with an interesting backstory will inevitably get a movie made about him or her. For instance, there are two being made about Steve McQueen right now. Hollywood is running out of movies to remake, so they’re forced to start mining the lives of screen legends. Don’t worry: In 20 years, they’ll be making biopics of Robert Downey, Jr. and Heath Ledger, too. Probably Lindsay Lohan, as well.

So, with that out of the way, if you had to pick an actress in her 20s (who can also play her 30s and 40s) to play Judy Garland, who would you pick? You need a decent actress, somebody that can look the part, and who can sing (the biopic will be a musical). There really aren’t a lot of choices, are there? Blake Lively? Megan Fox? Amy Adams? No. No. No.

Anne Hathaway was really the only logical choice. And that’s who the Weinsteins cast to play Garland in an adaptation of Gerald Clarke’s Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland, which will be made into both a movie and a stage production, both starring Hathaway. Like the book, the productions will track Garland’s personal and professional life, from her days as a child star, through her turmoil with alcohol and drugs, up until the last days of her life.

Of course, if I had to choose someone else to play Judy Garland, I might just go with this choice:

Now, I just hope they get around to Audrey Hepburn movie before Keri Russell is too old to play the part.

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