Variety has confirmed that Selena Gomez will play Linda Ronstadt in an upcoming biopic. Gomez teased the role by posting a picture of Ronstadt’s 2013 memoir “Simple Dreams” on her Instagram story. No other casting has been announced.
Ronstadt and Gomez are both of Mexican descent. The biopic, currently in pre-production, will be produced by Ronstadt’s manager, John Boylan, and James Keach (who produced the 2019 documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.”) Ronstadt is known across many musical genres, and a legend of country, rock ‘n’ roll and Latin music. Her 1970s albums “Heart Like a Wheel” and “Simple Dreams” achieved critical and commercial success, and she won 11 Grammys throughout her career. Ronstadt was honored by both the Recording Academy and the Latin Recording Academy with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Ronstadt’s 2019 documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice chronicled the artist’s nearly five-decade career. In 2011, Ronstadt announced her retirement, revealing she was no longer able to sing due to her progressive supranuclear palsy, which was originally mistaken for Parkinson’s.
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