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A movie about Cher is in the works from the producers of Mamma Mia!

Is Hollywood strong enough to live without a Cher biopic? Clearly not.

Just in time for her 75th birthday, Cher announced a movie about her life is in the works at Universal Pictures, with Mamma Mia! producers Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman on board. Craymer said the film will bring the singer's "empowering and true-life odyssey to the big screen," adding, "Her unparalleled success in music film and TV has inspired generations." Cher is also producing the film, according to People.

Eric Roth, the Oscar-winning writer of Forrest Gump who also wrote the 1987 Cher film Suspect, is set to write the screenplay, though no director has been announced, and it isn't yet clear who might play Cher. The Reporter notes, though, that this is just one of a number of prominent music biopics on the way alongside films based on artists like Elvis Presley and Madonna, the latter of which will actually be directed and co-written by Madonna herself. This wave of biopics follows the Freddie Mercury film Bohemian Rhapsody becoming a major hit at the box office in 2018, also scoring a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.

Cher excitedly tweeted about the biopic news mostly in all caps — just after a tweet in which she simply declared, "Have to take shower." She later followed up, "Got terrible headache .... Maybe Got over excited."