Global pop phenomenon Billie Eilish has reportedly expressed interest in working on the biopic about American singer, Peggy Lee. The film, titled Fever will star Michelle Williams in the titular role and be directed by Todd Haynes.
Fever has been in development for years, but the project was put on hold after the June 2012 death of Nora Ephron, who wrote a draft of the script. Going forward, this will be Williams and Haynes’ third collaboration. The filmmaker previously directed the Oscar winner in the 2007 Bob Dylan biographical film I’m Not There and the 2017 mystery drama Wonderstruck.
At only nineteen years old, Billie Eilish has five Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. Now it looks like she is set to make her debut as an executive producer on a biopic of one of the greatest American jazz singers of all time. While Eilish is best known for her music, she is no stranger to having fun behind the camera. She has directed six of her own music videos, including the brooding ‘Everything I Wanted and a more playful Therefore I Am’ where she dances around an empty shopping mall sampling free food before the security guard spots her.
Eilish hopes to work on this new creative project with her mother, Maggie Baird, and her record label Darkroom’s CEO, Justin Lubliner. While the trio are not officially on board just yet, Michelle Williams has already signed on to portray the iconic jazz singer. Although Peggy Lee passed away in 2002, her legacy as a sophisticated, pioneering voice in jazz, will live on through this biopic.
Eilish recently teased a behind the scenes production peak via Instagram, with the caption “almost done”. Sitting in front of a computer in the recording studio, she confirms that she is almost finished working on her highly anticipated, as-yet-untitled second album, which is expected to be released this year.