Mar 24, 2009 07:56 PM EST

Anne Hathaway To Play Judy Garland

Anne Hathaway To Play Judy Garland
According today's trades, Anne Hathaway (Get Smart) will be starring as Judy Garland in the upcoming film and play "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland". The biography, of the same name, was written by Gerald Clarke and published in March 2001.

The announcement was made by Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.  They have acquired the rights to both the film and stage adaptations.

Weinstein said, "We are thrilled to have the brilliantly talented Anne Hathaway portray stage and screen legend Judy Garland. I have worked with Anne on projects in the past and have known her for many years. She will be a true class act in this challenging role. Gerald Clarke's biography is a fascinating and comprehensive look at Garland's life and is particularly outstanding because of its exclusive details from her own writings. Her story is incredible subject matter for both theatre and film and we look forward to bringing it to audiences."

"Get Happy", the book, was based on numerous interviews as well as Judy Garland's own unfinished and unpublished autobiography.
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