An official biopic telling the story of iconic singer, actress, and performer Cher was announced this week, on the eve of the icon’s seventy-fifth birthday.
Cher’s career spans six decades and countless reinventions across the industries of music, film, and television. From her start as the shy musical partner of Sonny Bono to her emergence as a pioneer for women in entertainment to her current status as a brash, opinionated elder stateswoman unafraid to speak her mind or champion worthy causes, her life
She is a Tony Award away from achieving EGOT status, having won an Emmy in 2003 for outstanding variety music special, a Grammy in 2000 for best dance recording, and a Best Actress Oscar in 1988 for her role in the romantic comedy Moonstruck. She has sold more than 100 million records and been a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Her latest philanthropic efforts resulted in the documentary Cher and the Loneliest Elephant, which documented a five-year journey to rescue an elephant named Kavaan from a zoo in Pakistan.
(Seriously, what can’t this woman do?)
The official Cher biopic will come from an Oscar-winning writer
Cher herself broke the news about the upcoming film in a tweet, excitedly shared that several of her friends – Mama Mia producers Judy Craymer and Gery Goetzman, as well Oscar-winning writer Eric Roth – would be involved behind the scenes.
The star herself will also serve as a producer on the film alongside Craymer and Goetzman, whom she met while filming the sequel Mama Mia: Here We Go Again, in which she appeared as Donna’s mother Ruby. (And made a splash singing “Fernando”.
Recent Broadway musical The Cher Show may offer some hints about how upcoming film could choose to frame the various decades and stages of the star’s life, but since Cher herself is remarkably open about the various struggles she has endured – from the problems in her marriage to Sonny to the string of bad romances that followed their divorce to her heartbreak over his death in 1998 – it’s likely that the film will treat its subject matter accordingly.
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