Recording artist and onetime
Dancing with the Stars
contender Willa Ford - she of the multiplatinum single "I Wanna Be Bad," natch - has been tapped to portray Anna Nicole in an independent film chronicling the ill-fated model/actress/bombshell's life,
reports. The film, to begin lensing next week, will cover Smith's roller-coaster existence from age 17 until her death at 39.