Good news for Selena Gomez fans and music enthusiasts. In an exciting Instagram announcement on Friday, the multi-talented singer and actress confirmed her role as the iconic Linda Ronstadt in an upcoming biopic. In a heartfelt message, Gomez expressed her deep connection to the project, calling it a dream turned reality.
Selena’s Dream Come True:
In a series of Instagram Stories, Gomez shared her enthusiasm for portraying the legendary Linda Ronstadt, describing her excitement with the words, “I have no words to describe my heart for this project.” The Only Murders in the Building star, aged 31, expressed years of anticipation finally coming to fruition. She even shared a black-and-white image of Ronstadt, expressing admiration for her heart and soul in both life and music.
Production and Behind-the-Scenes Insights:
The biopic is set to be produced by John Boylan, Linda Ronstadt’s manager, and James Keach, known for producing Johnny Cash’s Walk the Line and Ronstadt’s 2019 documentary, The Sound of My Voice. The film, directed by David O. Russell, is currently in its early stages, with the title and additional casting yet to be revealed.
Gomez’s involvement in the project was officially confirmed on the website of music publisher Great Eastern Music, founded by John Boylan. According to reports, Gomez and Ronstadt spent time together at Linda’s home, discussing the project and establishing a connection.
Shared Heritage and Exciting Parallels:
Both Selena Gomez and Linda Ronstadt share Mexican descent, and Gomez has previously acknowledged their similarities in appearance. In a 2015 interview on On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Gomez mentioned being frequently compared to Ronstadt, which led her to explore and appreciate her music.
Linda Ronstadt’s Illustrious Career:
Linda Ronstadt, a musical powerhouse, has earned 11 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Her remarkable career, spanning nearly 50 years, was documented in the 2019 film “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.”
Challenges and Triumphs:
Ronstadt faced a significant setback in 2013 when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, leading to the loss of her singing voice. Despite this challenge, she continued to produce music, showcasing her resilience. Recently, Ronstadt discovered she has a Parkinson’s-like condition called progressive supranuclear palsy.
As Selena Gomez takes on the role of Linda Ronstadt in this much-anticipated biopic, fans can look forward to a cinematic celebration of Ronstadt’s extraordinary journey in the music industry. This collaboration promises to be a touching tribute to a resilient artist and an inspiration for those facing life’s challenges.