Get ready for another run at one rather elusive movie universe unicorn, the Janis Joplin biopic. Recent attempts saw Zooey Deschanel, Amy Adams, Renee Zellweger and Pink in the frame for the lead role, but none of those got rolling – and we should probably be thankful in at least three times out of those four.
Now, this time, Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin is set to direct a film centred on the last six months of Joplin’s life with flashbacks to her even-younger days. Deadline‘s story doesn’t name a writer.
Indeed, they don’t even focus too much on Durkin. The big headline is the casting of Joplin.
And it’s Nina Arianda, recently seen in Midnight in Paris, Win Win and Tower Heist, and last month winner of a Tony Award for her role in Venus in Fur. Singular.
Arianda will be singing 21 of Janis’ “best known songs” for Joplin. Producer Peter Newman promises that she’ll do a good job, but I’m sure the internet will be the screeching, blinkered, and very possibly rather bitter judge of that. Newman has also lauded Arianda for conveying “the duality of vulnerability with overheated sexuality” which is precisely how I’d never want one of my work colleagues to describe me. Ever.
Joplin will start shooting early next year with a nice under-$20 million budget. I look forward to seeing what Arianda can do.
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