The future of Betty White ‘s final movie project is now unknown, following the legendary star’s death on New Year’s Eve.
Just weeks before the Golden Girls actress passed away at the age of 99, it had been announced that a movie was in the works to honour her 100th birthday.
The late star had planned to welcome fans to join her in celebrating her milestone birthday on January 17, filming scenes for a project that was due to be released in movie theatres across the United States.
Titled Betty White: 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration, the documentary-style movie also boasts a star-studded line up – including cameos from Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and James Corden.
It’s not known if the late star had completed the necessary filming for her final unfinished project, but the tribute to is set to include clips from her most iconic roles, including her stint as Rose on Golden Girls, her Super Bowl/Snickers commercial and her role as a host on Saturday Night Live.
The documentary-style movie also planned to honour the trailblazing actress by looking back on her achievements, including her role as the first woman to produce a television show.
Following her agent confirming the news of her death on Friday, it’s not known whether the project will be able to be completed as originally intended.
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Earlier this month, the Golden Girls icon spoke of her excitement at reaching her century on January 17 – revealing the plans for her birthday party footage to feature in the upcoming documentary.
“Who doesn’t love a party?!? This one is gonna be GREAT!” Betty exclaimed to CNN ahead of the release of herBetty White: 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration.
Along with the birthday party footage – which will now obviously no longer play a part in the feature – the late star’s unfinished project also planned to take a look at her everyday life.
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The TV legend’s lifelong commitment to animal rights activism was also set to be a big part of the birthday tribute.
Alongside Hollywood legends from yesteryear, like Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds was set to appear in Betty White: 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration.
The day before her sad death on New Year’s Eve, Ryan joked with the late star – as she Betty quipped that the Free Guy actor “couldn’t get over” her despite her crush on Robert.
Ryan and the late star first met while filming The Proposal with Sandra Bullock in 2009, where Betty played the actor’s sassy grandmother in the hit rom-com.
Minutes after her death was confirmed the following day, Ryan paid tribute to his late friend on Twitter – explaining that even at the age of 99, her death still felt too soon.
“The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectation,” the dad-of-three tweeted to his 18.5million followers.
“She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret.”