Some big names have signed on for the Lifetime original movie based on the life of Anna Nicole Smith, entitled The Anna Nicole Story.
In addition to the recent casting of relatively unknown actress Agnes Bruckner as the voluptuous Playboy pin-up girl/model/reality television star, the production has added Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen, and American Psycho director Mary Harron to its roster.
Nominated for an Oscar for her role in 2004's Sideways, Madsen will play Virgie Mae, who gave birth to Anna Nicole—born Vickie Lynn Hogan—and raised her with help from an aunt. The 84-year-old Landau, who won a best supporting Oscar for his role as Bela Lugosi in 1994's Ed Wood, will portray oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall, who married Anna Nicole when he was 89 and she was 26.
While performing at a Houston strip club in October of 1991, Smith met Marshall and they began a relationship. During their two-year relationship, he reportedly lavished gifts on her and asked her to marry him several times. After divorcing her husband Billy in 1993, Smith married the elderly man and claimed that it was for love, not money, although they never lived together. Thirteen months later, Marshall's death at age 90 ignited a lengthy legal battle over a share of his estate, as Smith was not included in his will.
Surprised to see Landau slumming it in an Anna Nicole made-for-TV biopic, but he probably realized he'd be getting lap dances from a hot young blonde and get paid for it. Can't blame him. Do you have any interest in this project with these higher profile names attached?