Cher reveals she wants a newcomer to portray her in Universal’s upcoming biopic about her life


Cher revealed she is interested in casting a newcomer to portray her in Universal’s upcoming biopic about her meteoric rise to superstardom.

While speaking about the casting, the 75-year-old singer revealed she is excited about the opportunity to find someone unknown to serve as the film’s leading lady.

‘We were talking about it yesterday, and we’re just trying to think of [actors],’ she told Variety. ‘I said, ‘I don’t think we know her yet.’

Opening doors: Cher revealed she is interested in casting a newcomer to portray her in Universal’s upcoming biopic about her meteoric rise to superstardom; seen in 2020

Speaking of producers Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman as well as writer Eric Roth, the performer said she believes her input will be heard. 

‘I know the people so I’m sure they’ll…listen to things I have to say. But it doesn’t mean I’m going to get the final cut,’ Cher said of not wanting an established actress to bring her life to the screen. 

She also spoke about her own acting career and admitted to initially turning down her starring role in Mamma Mia’s sequel as Meryl Streep’s mother. 

Once-in-a-lifetime role: While speaking about the casting, the 75-year-old singer revealed she is excited about the opportunity to find someone unknown to serve as the film's leading lady (pictured in 2020)

Once-in-a-lifetime role: While speaking about the casting, the 75-year-old singer revealed she is excited about the opportunity to find someone unknown to serve as the film’s leading lady (pictured in 2020)

Her former manager and then-Universal boss Ron Meyer, however, stepped in and told her: ‘You’re doing ‘Mamma Mia 2’ then ‘hung up’ on her.

Before shooting, she told the outlet she was ‘frightened’ and confessed she is ‘not one of those people with a lot of confidence.’ 

In May, Cher announced via Twitter that Universal would be behind the forthcoming biopic. 

She also spoke about her own acting career and admitted to initially turning down her starring role in Mamma Mia's sequel as Meryl Streep's mother (seen in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on the far right)

She also spoke about her own acting career and admitted to initially turning down her starring role in Mamma Mia’s sequel as Meryl Streep’s mother (seen in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on the far right)

‘Ok Universal is Doing Biopic With My Friends JUDY CRAYMER, GARY GOETZMAN PRODUCING,’ she tweeted out to her 3.9million followers.  

She wrote that Craymer and Goetzman were the producers behind the successful film adaptation of Broadway’s Mama Mia, as well as its 2018 sequel which starred Cher. 

‘MY DEAR DEAR Friend 4 YRS, & OSCAR WINNER..ERIC ROTH IS GOING 2 WRITE IT‼️’ Cher revealed.  

 

Big announcement: The 74-year-old superstar made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday, revealing that Universal would be behind the forthcoming biopic

Big announcement: The 74-year-old superstar made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday, revealing that Universal would be behind the forthcoming biopic

The Strong Enough songstress went on to list a number of films that Roth has worked on over the course of his impressive Hollywood career.

‘FORREST GUMP, A STAR IS BORN, SUSPECT, TO NAME A FEW OF [his] FILMS,’ she concluded.

Cher actually starred in the Roth-penned thriller film Suspect, which hit theaters in October 1987 and featured the likes of Liam Neeson and Dennis Quaid. 

Screenwriter: 'MY DEAR DEAR Friend 4 YRS, & OSCAR WINNER..ERIC ROTH IS GOING 2 WRITE IT‼️' Cher revealed; Eric Roth pictured in April

Screenwriter: ‘MY DEAR DEAR Friend 4 YRS, & OSCAR WINNER..ERIC ROTH IS GOING 2 WRITE IT‼️’ Cher revealed; Eric Roth pictured in April

In a statement to Deadline, Craymer stated that she and Goetzman ‘are thrilled to be working with Cher again and this time bringing her empowering and true life odyssey to the big screen.’ 

She continued: ‘One cannot help but be drawn to and inspired by Cher’s larger than life talent, fortitude, unique wit, warmth and vision. 

‘Her unparalleled success in music film and TV have inspired generations. We could not be happier to tell her story to cinema audiences,’ Craymer’s statement concluded. 

Thrilled: In a statement to Deadline , Craymer stated that she and Goetzman 'are thrilled to be working with Cher again and this time bringing her empowering and true life odyssey to the big screen'; Cher pictured in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

 Thrilled: In a statement to Deadline , Craymer stated that she and Goetzman ‘are thrilled to be working with Cher again and this time bringing her empowering and true life odyssey to the big screen’; Cher pictured in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

Aside from revealing the production company, producers and writer behind her forthcoming biopic, Cher did not give any more details pertaining to the production schedule or who would be portraying her.

After making her big announcement, Cher was inundated with excited support from her devoted fanbase, with many tweeting out heart emojis.

‘I have been waiting for this since I was 15! It only took 50 years! When will it be done?’ wrote one eager Twitter user, to which Cher replied: ‘I Had More life to Live.’ 

Support: After making her big announcement, Cher was inundated with excited support from her devoted fanbase, with many tweeting out heart emojis

Support: After making her big announcement, Cher was inundated with excited support from her devoted fanbase, with many tweeting out heart emojis

Best present: Another wrote to the Moonstruck star, alluding to her recent 75th birthday, wrote: 'What a lovely birthday present to U Cher!'

Best present: Another wrote to the Moonstruck star, alluding to her recent 75th birthday, wrote: ‘What a lovely birthday present to U Cher!’

Another wrote to the Moonstruck star, alluding to her recent 75th birthday, wrote: ‘What a lovely birthday present to U Cher!’

Many used Cher’s Twitter announcement as a means to share their favorite glamour shots of the star alongside their supportive tweets.

‘Exciting. I’m ready,’ captioned one Cher superfan, who included a brief clip of her parading around in a mirrored gladiator get-up. 

Most interesting: Fans seemed extremely interested to see Cher's extraordinary life told from start to finish in a feature film, with one tweet reading that the Oscar winner has lived 'one of the most incredible lives of anyone, anywhere'; Cher pictured in 1988

Most interesting: Fans seemed extremely interested to see Cher’s extraordinary life told from start to finish in a feature film, with one tweet reading that the Oscar winner has lived ‘one of the most incredible lives of anyone, anywhere’; Cher pictured in 1988

With Cher’s love life presumed to play out on screen, many wondered who would be portraying the Dark Lady singer’s late ex husband Sonny Bono.

The former couple, who had their own hit variety show The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, were romantically linked from 1964 to their separation in 1975.

‘Ha! I was just wondering who will play #Sonny? #sonnyandcher,’ wrote on curious fan of the duo, along with a gif of the pair snagged from an episode of the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. 

Iconic couple: With Cher's love life presumed to play out on screen, many wondered who would be portraying the Dark Lady singer's late ex husband Sonny Bono; Sonny and Cher pictured in 1966

Iconic couple: With Cher’s love life presumed to play out on screen, many wondered who would be portraying the Dark Lady singer’s late ex husband Sonny Bono; Sonny and Cher pictured in 1966

Fans seemed extremely interested to see Cher’s extraordinary life told from start to finish in a feature film, with one tweet reading that the Oscar winner has lived ‘one of the most incredible lives of anyone, anywhere.’

The California-born superstar first rose to fame in 1965 as one half of the folk group Sonny & Cher, who released their hit single I Got You Babe in July of that year.

While continuing to dominate the music charts with her husband, Cher eagerly pursued a solo career.

Superstar: Her potential as a standalone act was solidified following the successful release of her haunting track Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) in 1966; Cher pictured

Superstar: Her potential as a standalone act was solidified following the successful release of her haunting track Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) in 1966; Cher pictured

Her potential as a standalone act was solidified following the successful release of her haunting track Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) in 1966.

This would be the first of many hit songs – and albums – for Cher, who would go on to divorce Bono in 1975 and, eventually, expand her stardom into the world of film and stage.

Most famously, Cher won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988 for her role as Italian-American widow Loretta in the 1987 rom-com Moonstruck.

Although her forthcoming biopic may be at the forefront of her mind, Cher has been passionately plugging her recently released film Kaavan, The World’s Loneliest Elephant, which she produced for the Smithsonian Channel.



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