Linda Ronstadt is a country, rock ‘n’ roll and Latin music legend known for her 1970s albums “Heart Like a Wheel” and “Simple Dreams.” With a prolific output she has released 29 studio albums and won 11 Grammys. In addition she was honoured by both the Recording Academy and the Latin Recording Academy with Lifetime Achievement Awards and finally in 2014 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And now she is to have a film of her life made with the announcement that Selena Gomez IS Linda Ronstadt. At present no other casting announcements have been made
The film is currently in pre-production with writer director David O Russell helming. Himself a five time Oscar nominee for The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle but his mots recent film 2022’s ‘Amsterdam’ was a disaster. An epic film with an all star cast that included Margot Robbie and Christian Bale the film bombed earning only $31m worldwide and was critically mauled.
In 2019 a documentary directed by Rob Epstein (“The Times of Harvey Milk”) and Jeffrey Friedman (“The Celluloid Closet”) covered her life and 50 year career but in 2011 Linda Ronstadt announced her retirement going on to reveal that she is no longer able to sing due to her progressive supranuclear palsy. It’s not known whether this will be a warts and all biopic but Selena Gomez has proved a big success in the TV series Only Murders in the Building.
related feature : The world premise of Amsterdam with its all star cast
related feature : A Q&A at the ‘Only Murders in the Building’ premiere