The Hollywood Reporter says that biopics about 1920s jazz legend Zelda Fitzgerald are so in right now, because there are currently two biopics about her in production, one starring popcorn mogul Scarlett Johansson and one starring sassy nacho burp Jennifer Lawrence.
Let’s start with JLaw’s Zelda biopic first. It was revealed last week that Jennifer Lawrence will work with Ron Howard on Zelda, a drama loosely-based on a biography of the same name. Ron Howard is developing it, and he may also direct it. Zelda is about Zelda Fitzgerald attempting to define herself as more than just author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife. JLaw is also going to co-produce Zelda.
ScarJo’s Zelda biopic is a called The Beautiful and the Damned, which is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald play. The Beautiful and the Damned will be about Zelda and F. Scott’s marriage. THR says that ScarJo’s Zelda biopic will be just a bit more authentic than JLaw’s. The Beautiful and the Damned is being financed by Millennium Films, who has secured cooperation with the Fitzgerald estate. Millennium Films will be given access to several recently unearthed EXCLUSIVE transcripts from Zelda’s time locked in a sanatorium, including evidence that F. Scott was a sneaky snake who stole a bunch of her ideas and passed them off as his own.
Both films will most likely cover the major bases of Zelda’s life, like becoming one of the most prominent flappers (note to youngins: a flapper was the 1920s version of a Snapchat star), being diagnosed with schizophrenia, and dying in a hospital fire in 1948 at 47.
ScarJo and JLaw aren’t the only actresses who will be playing Zelda Fitzgerald in upcoming projects. Amazon is also working on a series about Zelda Fitzgerald called Z: The Beginning of Everything, starring Christina Ricci.
Zelda Fitzgerald looks like this, and to be honest, I don’t see any of those actresses in her. But does it even matter? All they need is a flapper haircut and some of Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan hand-me-downs from the set of The Great Gatsby. I’m sure Ron Howard has already slipped the guard at the Warner Bros. gate a $20 and is loading up the back of his car with beaded drop-waist dresses as we speak.