Though Hollywood has long been all about recreating history, this year in particular seems to have seen a spike in historical flicks. The newest biographical project to bring to life an icon is The Anna Nicole Story, an upcoming made-for-TV movie for which Lifetime has tapped Private Practice alum Agnes Bruckner to transform into the late Anna Nicole Smith.
And Bruckner sure has some big cups — er, shoes — to fill. The film will chronicle the life and times of the troubled Playboy pin-up — born Vicky Lynn Hogan — tracing Smith’s journey from small-town Southern girl to millionaire-marrying, Marilyn Monroe-channeling model and celebrity/reality TV pioneer.
Bruckner certainly has a lot of company among Hollywood stars tackling real-life roles.
From Sean Penn‘s Academy Award-winning incarnation of first-ever openly gay elected official Harvey Milk, to Jesse Eisenberg donning Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg‘s hoodie, to Jamie Foxx‘s Oscar-winning turn as Ray Charles, Hollywood has been all about the biopic in recent years.
And this year, filmmakers are capturing the lives of many more famous faces. Naomi Watts has transformed into the late Princess Diana for the upcoming biopic, Diana. Lindsay Lohan brings Elizabeth Taylor alive through sex, scandal and screaming matches for Lifetime’s upcoming made-for-TV movie, Liz & Dick. And two-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis brings to life the 16th president of the United States for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, in theaters next month
Another upcoming backstairs-at-the-White-House docudrama, The Butler (about a valet who served eight presidents), has called on stars to morph into some well-known political figures. Friday Night Lights alumna Minka Kelly is portraying former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (X-Man James Marsden is President John F. Kennedy) while Jane Fonda and Harry Potter regular Alan Rickman are tackling First Lady Nancy Reagan, and President Ronald Reagan.
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