Reese Witherspoon to play Peggy Lee in new biopic

Norah Ephron attached to direct

Reese Witherspoon will star in a biopic about jazz singer Peggy Lee, which she will also produce.

Witherspoon secured the rights to the story from the Lee estate and approached Fox with the project in 2000.

Peggy Lee fan Norah Ephron, the writer/director behind hits like When Harry Met Sally and Julie And Julia, is writing the script and is also attached to direct, according the The Hollywood Reporter.

Lee became an iconic singer and actress in the ’40’s, composing for soundtracks and appearing in musicals like The Jazz Singer and Pete Kelly’s Blues.

This will be the second time Witherspoon has portrayed an iconic American female musician.

She won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2005 for her portrayal of country singer June Carter in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.