Story Highlights• Los Angeles company beginning production process
• Two actresses may be cast to play Smith at different ages
• Licensing not needed because of Smith's fame, producer says
• Movie could be released as early as June
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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Filming for a motion picture on the life of the late Anne Nicole Smith will begin in Los Angeles early next month, CNN has learned.
Producer Jack Nasser of Nasser Entertainment told CNN on Friday that his company is in the process of casting the lead role in the film, which could be released as early as June.
"We're moving as quickly as possible" on the production, Nasser told CNN. "We're on what we call 'the fast track.' "
Nasser said the film will cover Smith's life from age 17 until her death last month at 39, including her marriage to billionaire J. Howard Marshall and the death of her son, Daniel.
Nasser said his film will focus on "the positive" about Smith, whose February 8 death caused a media sensation.
"It's not focused on the trash," he said.
Nasser's company has produced a long list of TV movies, including movies starring Sidney Poitier, Reba McEntire and Tyne Daly.
Nasser said the untitled Smith biopic is intended for a theatrical release but could wind up on TV. He said it was not necessary for him to obtain the rights to Smith's story to make the film because it is based on biographical details that have been widely reported.
"She's very famous," he said. "There's so much in the public domain. In this case, rights aren't necessary."
Casting for the role of Smith will begin next week, he said. Nasser said he may cast two women, one to play the younger Smith, the other the older. A casting notice online specifies the role involves "some minor nudity for two brief striptease" scenes. Smith was a stripper in Texas when she met her late husband, Marshall.
Actors also will be cast to play Marshall; Smith's son Daniel at ages 5, 9 and 16; and the private nurse who discovered Smith's lifeless body in a Florida hotel room, among other roles.
Nasser said his company had been working on a film about Smith for the last two years, and stepped up production after she died unexpectedly.
"We just kicked it into gear" after her death, he said.
A production company is looking for actresses to play Anna Nicole Smith in a film biography. Smith died February 8 at age 39.
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