Mariah Carey is reuniting with Lee Daniels to search for a talented actress to portray the songstress in a TV biopic.
According to theJasmineBRAND, Carey, 52, previously revealed plans to turn her memoir titled “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” into a feature film. Carey spoke about casting the right person for the project in a previous interview, stating, “I don’t think it’s about ‘cast the girl who sings the Mariah Carey style,’ whatever that is. It’s about casting a great actress with a somewhat similar look and just making sure the acting is there.”
She added, “Because we have the music—they can sing along to it.”
Daniels cast Carey in his acclaimed feature drama “Precious,” and he believes her biopic should be a limited television series instead of a film.
As theJasmineBRAND reports, he said: “I think it’s bigger than a film…I think that if there’s so much to her thing, I think it’s an epic limited series. I think that, I think it’s as big as Aretha’s story.”
The Oscar-winning filmmaker also noted that Carey is “so misunderstood.”
“I didn’t know really how her mind ticked until I read that d**n book and realized that she is what defines a diva, what really defines a diva. And it’s a complicated life that she’s had,” he said.
“And every song that she’s had was written from a traumatic or a powerful experience. And she doesn’t get credit for that either. So I’m excited about exploring that story. We just got to find somebody that’s going to be right to play her, which is going to be impossible, but you know, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Daniels said.
“The Meaning of Mariah Carey” memoir was described through a press release as, “an improbable and inspiring journey of survival and resilience as she struggles through complex issues of race, identity, class, childhood and family trauma during her meteoric rise to music superstardom.”
“By pulling back the curtain on perceptions often told through the filtered lens of media, Carey bravely and beautifully walks through her battles with gender and power dynamics, emotional abuse, public embarrassments, personal failures and phenomenal victories,” the release read. “In her own words and song lyrics, Carey reveals untold moments and intimate experiences along with anecdotes of sacred moments with iconic figures to craft an honest, unique and vivid portrait of her extraordinary life.”