Saturday, 19 November 2016

Michelle Williams set to play Janis Joplin in new biopic

Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) is currently earning rave reviews for Manchester By The Sea, which had a gala screening at the London Film Festival last month. Now it looks like she may sign to a project likely to earn further rave reviews. News arrives via Variety that she is in talks to play folk singer songwriter Janis Joplin in a new biopic.

The film, simply titled Janis, is to be directed by Sean Durkin, best known for his acclaimed drama Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) – which featured plenty of folk music from Joplin's era on its soundtrack.

Joplin was a musical icon of the 1960s, known as much for her searing blues songwriting and powerful voice as she was for her turbulent rock and roll lifestyle. She died of an overdose in 1970, aged 27, shocking the music world. Aside from a couple of TV movies, this appears to be the first biopic of the singer. Zooey Deschanel (500 Days Of Summer) was attached to a biopic at one point, and Amy Adams (American Hustle) was due to play Joplin as recently as last year, but the project stalled due to legal wranglings.

Michelle Williams, meanwhile, will next be seen in Manchester By The Sea, and Certain Women.

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