Alicia Keys Toplining Oprah Winfrey-Produced Lena Horne Biopic

December 13, 2007 09:05:17 GMT

The renowned TV host has admitted that the Grammy-winning singer has been cast in the project.


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Taking her time to turn up at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest producing work "The Great Debaters", Oprah Winfrey has informed USA TODAY that she is now gearing up for a biopic about the life of celebrated singer Lena Horne with Alicia Keys to topline.

"We're going to start filming next year," she revealed. "And we've got Alicia."

The famous talk show host also pointed out that TV scribe Lloyd Kramer has been assigned to pen the script while admitting she still has no desire to return in front of the camera as an actress anytime soon. "I don't," she remarked. "I've let go of the need for that."

It is still unclear, however, whether the project will be a film feature or a rather made-for-TV movie. But the story it is set to present will likely revolve around Horne's rise to fame after singing the rendition of "Stormy Weather" in 1943.

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posted by rona on Jan 05, 2011
Alicia will do a great job I am sure. I enjoyed her in Secret Life of Bees. She looks similar to Lena when she was younger and she can sing beautifully. I am sure she will change her style of singing to suit the movie. All the best to Alicia. I'll be looking out for this movie!!
posted by ROBERT: on May 28, 2010
I DON'T THINK ALICIA KEYS SHOULD PROTRAY LENA HORNE, SHE'S ALL WRONG ... HER SINGING STYLE IS TOO DIFFERENT. THE LENA HORNE PART SHOULD GO TO AND UNKNOW JUST AS SCARLETTE O'HARA DID. THINK OF THE FREE PUBLICITY AND ALSO CERTAIN BOX-OFFICE OR RATINGS IF IT IS A TV MOVIE BUT IF MISS HORNE'S LIFE IS DONE AFTER 1980's DIAHANN CARROLL SHOULD GET THE PART THEY BOTH HAVE CLASS & STYLE THAT MAKES THEM A STANDOUT.
posted by Bruh on May 12, 2010
To Perfect (who is anything but, I'm sure): Why in the hell would anyone be j-e-a-l-o-u-s, in this situation? You must be a total idiot!!! Its not about liking or not liking Alicia, and you must be a rabid fan, its about being suitable for the role, and just because Alicia is a lighter-skinned Black woman who can sing does not make her suitable. She physically is ALL WRONG FOR THE PART. Just as Vanessa Williams would be. Vanessa is an incredible beauty like Lena was, but her beauty is too different from Miss Horne's. Its why she was also wrong for Dorothy Dandridge, while Halle Berry was damn near perfect! Halle, as beautiful as she is, and one of my favorite actresses, would also be wrong to play Lena. You need someone with a similar look/style. I thought the late Aaliyah would have been a good choice, physically. Now, of current celebs, Paula Patton. Would be nice if an unknown, was made into a star. Alicia, with those fat assed grandmammy legs of hers, should not have even been in consideration. Jealous....how frigging stupid. Guess Alicia would be "perfect" to play Diana, too, in that movie your stupid ass hopes for.
posted by alisha on Feb 22, 2010
i ok with Alica playing Lena if she can pull it off. it true that she will have to lose weight but am sure she can do it. this could be a great chance for her in acting although i wouldn't mine a fresh face playing Lena horne.
posted by Charmack02 on Feb 20, 2010
I'm sorry I disagree with some of you, I think Alicia Keys is perfect for the role of Lena Horne, as for her weight that shouldn't be a problem as she can, and probably will slim down. Plus this would be her very first starring role. I see no one else playing this role. Touche Alicia.
posted by Nobody on Aug 26, 2009
Do'nt get me wrong . I just think vanessa Williams would be a good lena,just give her dark colored contacts and darken her hair. At the same time alicia would make a good younger lena. She'll just have to slim down for it because lena wasn't know for what micro curves she may have.
posted by Bruh on Aug 23, 2009
Alicia is pretty and talented, but ALL wrong to play Lena Horne. Alicia does not radiate the innate elegance/class that Lena did/does. Plus, Alicia is sort of chunky, from the waist down. I wish they would get an unknown, and create a star, than to pick a known person who is unsuitable.
posted by Perfect on Aug 26, 2008
Alicia would be perfect to play Lena Horne. The two negative commnets before are just jealous. Cant wait to see the movie. I hope a movie for Diana Ross is next. I appreciate the artist who do what they do to entertain us.
posted by mistresszhivago on Jun 30, 2008
I just hope Alicia can ELIMINATE that eye-closing/neck working she does while singing - truly annoying and not Lena...
posted by charlene on Jun 16, 2008
I feel That someone eles should play lena horn not Alicia, Give unknown people a chance to play her not someone who really don't know her.

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