The Ronettes singer Ronnie Spector has chosen Zendaya to play her in an upcoming biopic based on her biography Be My Baby.
Actress and singer Zendaya will play Ronnie Spector in an upcoming biopic after she was personally hand-picked by the singer herself. The announcement follows the closure of a deal to secure Spector’s life rights and music catalogue. With Spector’s biography Be My Baby serving as inspiration. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jackie Sibblies Drury is reportedly in talks to pen the screenplay.
The Little Mermaid remake producer Marc Platt is producing the project. And Zendaya Coleman is also set to produce in addition to starring in the movie. Spector and Jonathan Greenfield will executive produce. A24 is developing the project in collaboration with New Regency. Following their previous partnership working on the hit movie The Lighthouse.
Ronnie Spector personally chose Zendaya to play her in the biopic, and it’s not difficult to see why. Just recently, Zendaya became the youngest woman to ever win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama due to her acclaimed role in Euphoria. She also found great fame for her role as MJ alongside Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in the MCU’s Spider-Man movies. So there’s even a popular fan campaign for Zendaya to star in a Kill Bill sequel opposite Uma Thurman.
Zendaya has reached great success as a singer as well. Making her that much more perfect to play one of the Ronettes. Her debut single “Replay” landed at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and her self-titled album debuted at No. 51 on the Billboard 200 chart. From The Greatest Showman soundtrack, her single “Rewrite the Stars” also went platinum in the United States and the United Kingdom, and went double platinum in Australia.
A Spanish Harlem native. So Spector is famous for singing as a part of the girl group the Ronettes along with her sister and cousin. Several of their songs became hits in the ’60s. Including “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You,” and “Walking in the Rain”. The Ronettes would become the only girl group to tour with The Beatles and were later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.