It has been confirmed that Zendaya will take on the role of Ronnie Spector in a brand new biopic which will be based on the famed singer’s memoir Be My Baby. As reported by Deadline, A24 has secured the rights to the book and also have an acclaimed writer in mind too.
The story of Ronnie Spector is both a tragic and a triumphant one. The focal point of sixties icons The Ronettes, the success Spector enjoyed could only have been possible with her then-husband and infamous producer Phil Spector. Yet as the book, and time itself, proves Spector was also the reason for much of her personal tragedy.
The full title of the book is Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts and Madness it dissects the singer’s storied life. Arguably one of the most potent voices of rock ‘n’ roll’s early moments, Ronnie Spector was the lynchpin of The Ronettes and the ultimate 1960s powerhouse performer. As well as being a bright light of Motown, Spector was also trapped in one of the darkest marriages in music.
Famously married to the infamous Phil Spector, Ronnie was virtually held captive by the crazed producer for years. However, in this memoir, Ronnie is neither pitiful nor ashamed, she is strong, bolshy and sharp as a tack. Released in 1989, it’s one of the more personal revealing memoirs on the list and shows off the shocking reality of being in an abusive relationship.
A jarring story which now has a lead attached to it. Spector was apparently in charge of picking out Zendaya personally with both the actress and the singer now serving as producers on the project. A24 used their existing relationship with the actress to secure this deal.
Another big move which could see this new project become a highly-anticipated one was the coveting of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury. The writer is being widely tipped to take the book on to the big screen.
We’re already excited and, knowing that Spector will serve as producer, it means she won’t shirk the harsher moments of her wonderful career and life. Below relive a highlight.