Well, well, well, this certainly comes as a surprise. It looks like Brittany Murphy (seen above in a dazzling still from Spun), who tragically passed away in 2009, will be getting the Lifetime biopic treatment. Between this and The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, Lifetime looks to be chasing the nostalgic-millennials-with-a-penchant-for-hot-garbage market hard.
Us Weekly is reporting that Lifetime will air The Brittany Murphy Story on September 6th. Last Man Standing‘s Amanda Fuller will star as Brittany, and Sherilyn Fenn (!!!) will play Britanny’s mom, Sharon Murphy. I’m all for Sherilyn Fenn being cast in anything (Twin Peaks 4EVER), but I’m not sure about Amanda Fuller. She doesn’t really look at all like Brittany Murphy. Then again, Lifetime’s casting agents have done far worse.
Casting qualms aside, I’m mostly just trying to wrap my head around this movie’s existence. Brittany Murphy never quite achieved the level of stardom we all wanted for her, and her passing–while untimely–ultimately seemed far more sad than sinister. I know I’ll end up watching it, but Lifetime making a Brittany Murphy biopic feels at once both too soon and too late to matter. For someone with as much promise and potential as Brittany Murphy, that just seems way harsh.
Now let’s all remember Brittany Murphy’s better times, like when she was in the 1996 masterpiece, Freeway: