Selena Gomez will portray Linda Ronstadt in a new biopic. The pop singer and “Only Murders in the Building” star recently hinted at her role by sharing Ronstadt’s 2013 memoir, “Simple Dreams,” on her Instagram story.
The music biopic is currently in pre-production with Ronstadt’s manager John Boylan and producers including James Keach, who produced the 2019 documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.” No other casting has been announced.
Ronstadt is a country, rock ‘n’ roll and Latin music legend who achieved critical and commercial success with her 1970s albums “Heart Like a Wheel” and “Simple Dreams,” showcasing her versatility across genres. He won 11 Grammys throughout his career and was honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy.
Ronstadt and Gomez are both of Mexican descent. Gomez was nominated for a two-time Golden Globe for her performance in Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” which she executive produced and starred in alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short. She debuted as an actress in Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”. She achieved success as a musical artist with hits such as “Lose You to Love Me” and “Love You Like a Love Song”.
Ronstadt’s 2019 documentary was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and chronicled the artist’s nearly five-decade career and her dominance of the country-rock genre. In 2011, Ronstadt announced her retirement and later revealed that she could no longer sing due to progressive supranuclear palsy, which was initially mistaken for Parkinson’s disease.