Samara Weaving (Ready Or Not) has signed on to star in Liz, a biopic focusing on one of America’s forgotten founding mothers, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte.
Bonaparte is considered one of the country’s first modern celebrities, gaining prominence as the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte‘s youngest brother, Jerome, and revolutionising America’s social scene during Jefferson’s presidency.
She was known for her fashion, wit and independence, so it makes sense that the film is being described as a U.S.-set Bridgerton or The Great. Adam Leon is directing from a script written by Gabriel Neustadt.
Weaving’s career has been on the up in recent years, having starred in the Showtime comedy SMILF and appearing in films such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Babysitter. She was recently seen in Bill & Ted Face The Music and the Ryan Murphy Netflix series, Hollywood.
Leon has previously directed romantic drama Tramps and likeable indie comedy Gimme The Loot. His latest film Italian Studies, which stars Vanessa Kirby, will arrive this year.
It’s probably fair to say that most people won’t know who Bonaparte is, but that’s what the movie is for, right? The comparisons to The Great – which itself was heavily influenced by the Oscar-winning The Favourite – are interesting because it implies a lighter, comical tone closer to those projects, rather than a stuffy period drama that, in years past, has performed strongly at the Oscars.
We’ll wait for more information to arrive. If the film is successful and Bonaparte becomes a more well known name, Weaving’s probably will as well.