Michelle Williams Signs On To Play Peggy Lee In Upcoming Biopic

Back in 2011, Michelle Williams played Marilyn Monroe in the film My Week with Marilyn. She won a Golden Globe award for her performance in the film.

And now, 10 years later, she’s ready to take on another entertainment icon.

It was just announced that Williams will play Peggy Lee in the upcoming biopic ‘Fever‘ from director Todd Haynes. MGM is in talks to back the film, with Marc Platt and Reese Witherspoon producing. Doug Wright is writing the screenplay.

And get this, Billie Eilish, is also trying to get on board as an executive producer. Eilish has cited Lee as an inspiration and admired her for her perfect songwriting structure. 

Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in 1920, Peggy Lee is today likely best known for her sultry version of the song ‘Fever,’ which became a sensation after she recorded it in 1958. She began singing professionally at 16, and recorded her first number one hit, ‘Somebody Else Is Taking My Place,’ at 22. 

Her career — including an Oscar-nominated performance in 1955’s ‘Pete Kelly’s Blues’ and several roles in the 1955 Disney animated feature ‘Lady and the Tramp’ — spanned into the 1990s. She died in 2002.

Haynes has tried to get this project made before. He was set to direct it back in 2014, and Witherspoon was attached to star, which probably explains why she’s a producer on this current project.

No word on when filming is expected to begin, but we’ll keep you posted.