Who do you think should play Oprah when her unauthorized biography becomes a movie? Entertainment Weekly is confirming that Kitty Kelley’s unauthorized biography of the talk show queen has been optioned for a movie by Larry Thompson to be called “Oprah: A Biography.” Thompson has brought other show biz icons to the big screen, including Lucy and Desi Arnaz and Sonny and Cher.
I honestly can’t think of an actress who could aptly play Oprah. Some people have suggested Jennifer Hudson, and while I think she could probably pull it off, I think she’s too young to effectively portray Oprah Winfrey. The casting director had best get moving, because rumor has it theÂ made-for-TV movie’sÂ release will be in September of 2011, to coincide with Oprah signing off from her talk show. Queen Latifah is another maybe, although she’s awfully tall compared to Oprah.
Far more scandal is likely to erupt from the content of the film than from who will play Oprah. Plans are in place for it to feature some of the more controversial topics in Kitty Kelley’s book like Oprah’s fling with John Tesh, her secret birth father and some hints at having used drugs.
Do you have an actress in mind who is well suited to playing Oprah Winfrey in “Oprah: A Biography?” What do you think Oprah Winfrey’s reaction will be regarding the production of this made-for-TV movie?