Does it take being an It-girl to play one in a movie? From Sienna Miller playing Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl to Angelina Jolie playing Gia Carangi in Gia, Hollywood has a long history of casting cool girls as other, er, famous cool girls. In saying that, we think the latest piece of casting genius is particularly interesting: Hollywood favourite Jennifer Lawrence is tipped to play Zelda Fitzgerald, the flapper wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald (you know, the American author of Jazz Age classics like The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night).
The planned biopic is by no means the first time an actress has tackled the colourful role of Fitzgerald's society loving wife, but it's the first time a film has been solely focused on her. As one of the It-girls of the jazz era, Zelda was a Southern belle born to well-respected parents who grew to fame as the glamorous wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's said that Zelda was the inspiration for many of Fitzgerald's characters, and despite the pair being celebrities in their day, they had a spectacularly rocky marriage. Scott died in Hollywood an alcoholic, while Zelda was eventually committed to a mental hospital suffering from Schizophrenia.
According to reports, the source material for the Jennifer Lawrence movie will be based on Nancy Milford's acclaimed biography Zelda and Ron Howard is also on board. With such high profile names attached to the project and such fascinating material - we expect this to be a must see.