I thought the Queen of Quebec had already had a biopic done about her years ago, but I guess Titanic, my Livejournal entries about her wack-a-doodle time in Paris, and millions of lip dubs around the world don’t count. Celine Dion will be the subject of an upcoming biopic, aptly called The Power Of Love. Alas, it sounds like the movie will be more along the lines of a Mamma Mia fictional piece than a teary sit down where Oprah describes how Celine was the only reason she kept that talk show going for 25 years.
Variety says we should all go visit our optometrist in the upcoming year to get our eyes up to speed because French studio Gaumont is doing the movie, and they aren’t going to stink up the story of Celine with our silly English language. French actress Valerie Lemercier will both direct and star in the movie. Valerie is supposed to play “Aline,” described as a young woman who grew up in a large Canadian family, is discovered for her singing abilities at a young age, becomes a global SUPERSTAR…but then her older husband dies. I can’t imagine Celine’s people signing up for this French-Canadian version of Country Strong, but somehow she’s on board, and the movie will include all her big hits.
Valerie is 54, so they’re either going to have to bring on someone younger to play young Celine, or Mariah Carey’s retouchers will have an opportunity to make some decent pocket money on the side if they win this job. The Power Of Love has a $23 million budget and is seen as one of the highest-profile French films for 2020 (it already has a December 2, 2020 release date). Valerie was interviewed and asked about what inspired her to do the film, and she said it mainly was researching the relationship of Celine, her late husband René Angélil, and Celine’s mother Therèse:
“I discovered the strength of their love story and their great humor, and I better understood how the alchemy of their three individual ambitions made an unwanted, little girl the greatest star on the planet.”
She also added, “If a dickwad like Bryan Singer can do Bohemian Rhapsody, how hard can something like this be?” OK, she didn’t, but she definitely had to have thought that!