Fact and fiction are welded so that the genre of the biopic has no meaning in the canons of joined-up cinema.
She is well qualified for the role, having already starred in the ABC-TV biopic The Audrey Hepburn Story.
The biopic is the actor's opportunity to shine - to blend with his character, melt into the role.
Although it is quite common in film biopics for characters to be played by more then one actor, it is extremely rare for them to change sex or race.
These two have been working together since they were college roommates at USC Film School, and they really wanted to make an over the top comedy after doing biopics .
But with the frenzy of sequels, prequels, remakes and biopics being shovelled out by Hollywood, it comes as no surprise that relying on an existing popular story is the path of least resistance.
This is a common trick of biopics or fictionalisations of actual events in order to give the audience a little insight in what happened to the real people on display after events depicted in the film end.
In the traditional gendered hierarchy of film genres, crime thrillers, biopics , historical dramas and gangster films are more prestigious than teen film, romantic comedy, contemporary melodrama and broad comedy.
The lives of the great and gifted have always been fair game for movie biopics .
Ross doesn't resort to the dumbing-down tactics favored by Hollywood in biopics .