Bride Wars might have been a terrible, gut-sickening diversion to an otherwise promising career, but it looks like Anne Hathaway is getting back on track. The Weinstein Company has announced that they've grabbed the film and stage rights to Gerald Clarke's biography Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland, and Hathaway has signed on to star in both adaptations.
The biography is the result of hundreds of interviews and information held within Garland's own unfinished and unpublished autobiography, and covers everything "from her tumultuous early years as a child performer to her tragic last days." This includes, of course, her struggle with addiction after being filled with drugs to control her weight and productivity -- a notion which should ring quite relevant in today's thin-obsessed society.
Right now, there's no word on which will come first, the stage production or film, but either way, it's a neat idea -- one that definitely reflects Garland's own career in both arenas. And Hathaway -- she's certainly the most fitting big-name actress looks-wise, although it will be quite interesting to see what they do with her voice. When you're dealing with an icon as big as Garland, with such a distinct and powerful singing voice, I would hope they'd let that remain. I'll just have to find some ruby slippers and make a wish...
What do you think of this casting decision? And, now that Judy is set, who will they get to play Mickey Rooney? Also, here's a bit of trivia: What other actors or actresses signed to star in a stage and screen adaptation right from the get-go?