Zendaya looks set to portray Ronnie Spector in a biopic about the music legend’s life, after Spector reportedly handpicked the actress.
A24 and New Regency have secured Spector’s life rights and the rights to her autobiography Be My Baby, according to Deadline, while the singer has signed on as executive producer of the film – alongside Zendaya herself.
The Euphoria actress, who recently made history as the youngest ever winner of the "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" Emmy for her role in the show, will reportedly play Spector in her early years.
The biopic, yet to be titled, will focus on the beginning of Spector's career and the formation of The Ronettes with her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley. The trio were signed to Phil Spector’s label Philles Records, and had a string of hits in the 60s including Be My Baby and Walking In The Rain. Spector married and later divorced the producer, fighting to gain back the rights to her music in the split.
Deadline also reports that producers are eyeing Pulitzer-winner Jackie Sibblies Drury – whose play Fairview made waves in London towards the end of last year – to write the script.
Zendaya recently filmed an entire movie in lockdown with John David Washington, titled Malcolm & Marie, and will soon star in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune with Timothée Chalamet.