According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lawrence will star in a biopic about author Zelda Fitzgerald, who was married to fellow writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film is currently titled “Zelda,” and Ron Howard is developing it for himself to likely direct. On paper, it sounds like the kind of awards bait that could bring Lawrence and Howard back to the Oscars.
The screenplay is by Emma Frost, who previously wrote the Starz historical drama “The White Queen.” Based on the biography “Zelda” by Nancy Milford, the film will explore not just the marriage between Zelda and her husband, but also their creative rivalry. Zelda Fitzgerald’s story is also tragic: she suffered from schizophrenia and died in a hospital fire in 1948 at age 47.
Fitzgerald has been depicted on screen multiple times before, most recently by Vanessa Kirby in the 2016 film “Genius.” The role is also played by Christina Ricci in an upcoming Amazon series, “Z: The Beginning of Everything.” Alison Pill portrayed her in Woody Allen‘s “Midnight in Paris” (2011) And Sissy Spacek earned an Emmy nomination for her performance as Fitzgerald in the Showtime film “Last Call” in 2002.
Lawrence made history last year by earning her fourth Oscar nomination (for “Joy”) at age 25 — no one has ever earned that many at such a young age. Before that she won Best Actress for “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012). Lawrence is now 26, so if she earns another Oscar nomination in the next five years she can set another record as the youngest actress with five nominations, sliding in under Kate Winslet, who was 31 when she earned her fifth career bid.
Ron Howard is also an Oscar champ, taking Best Picture and Best Director for another biopic: “A Beautiful Mind” (2001) about troubled mathematician John Forbes Nash. He earned Best Picture and Best Director nominations again in 2008 for another true story, “Frost/Nixon.”
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