'Dancing' Star Will Play Anna Nicole


Willa Ford will play Anna Nicole Smith in a quickie indie biopic.

Direct-to-video veteran Keoni Waxman ("The Highwayman," "The Suspect") will direct the pic, which will be executive produced by Elie Samaha. The film's current title is the evocative "Anna Nicole."

According to Variety, the film will cover Smith's life from the age of 17 through her death in February at 39. That means it will pack in her time as a successful model, her marriage to aged oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall, her subsequent ups and downs, the death of her son, the birth of her daughter and her own death.

It's unclear how much the biopic will be able to include or incorporate newer developments in Smith's story, including the Tuesday (April 10) revelation that Larry Birkhead is the father of Smith's daughter Dannielynn.

While "Anna Nicole" would be the first feature to capitalize on the whirlwind of publicity following Smith's death, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" will rip large parts of the story from the headlines for a May episode featuring Kristy Swanson.

Ford eliminated five weeks into last fall's third season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," paired with professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She has a hit single with "I Wanna Be Bad" and success with the debut album "Willa Was Here."

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