A Céline Dion movie is in the works at French film studio Gaumont, Variety has reported.

The Power Of Love is scheduled to hit the big screen in 2020, and will hope to follow the massive success of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, in which Rami Malek played Freddie Mercury.

The $23million project will be packed with the Canadian siren’s smash hits, including  All by Myself, My Heart Will Go On and I’m Alive.

The film will be helmed by French director Valerie Lemercier, who will also star as Dion. 

The film will follow the stars life growing up on Quebec in the 1960s, her rise to fame as a teen and her relationship with manager turned husband René Angélil, who passed away in 2016.

Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget told the site the film would be ‘in the vein of [upcoming Elton John biopic] Rocket Man and Bohemian Rhapsody, but unlike those movies which were produced and released by studios, The Power of Love is a potential box office hit accessible to independent distributors.’

Lemercier said she was touched by Dion’s grief following the death of Angélil, and began reading everything she could find about them, as well as Dion’s mother, Thérèse. 

‘I discovered the strength of their love story and their great humor, and I better understood how the alchemy of their three individual ambitions made an unwanted, little girl the greatest star on the planet,’ she said.

Gaget meanwhile said Lemercier, herself a former singer, was the perfect person to take on the task.

‘Valerie Lemercier is impressive onstage. She’s a powerhouse who knows how to move and how to dance,’ she said. ‘And she’s [a] perfectionist and an overachiever in many ways like Dion.’

The Power Of Love is aiming for a French release on December 2, 2020. 

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