Michelle Williams In Talks To Play Janis Joplin In New Film

Janis Joplin, 1969 (image: Elliot Landy)

Janis Joplin, 1969 (image: Elliot Landy)

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

Michelle Williams is in talks to play ’60s musical icon Janis Joplin in a screen biopic.

Sean Durkin, who helmed the critically acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), is set to direct the movie titled Janis. The story will reportedly centre on the singing star in the last six months of her short life.

Variety reports that three-time Oscar nominee Williams (Brokeback Mountain) is in discussion to take on the coveted titular role. The actress bagged her third Academy Award nomination for her incredible portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the Simon Curtis directed My Week with Marilyn (2011).

Joplin came to prominence in the swinging ’60s fronting the band Big Brother and the Holding Company before going solo and performing at the iconic Woodstock festival. Famed for her distinctively raw singing style, the musician died in 1970 of a heroin overdose aged 27 after only three albums. Her fourth album Pearl was released a few months after her tragic death.

Peter Newman (The Squid and The Whale) is producing under his Borderline Films banner along with Uncommon Productions, Interal, and Seven Hills Productions. The producer owns the rights to a sizeable portion of the star’s catalogue including a large chunk of written materials.

Michelle Williams (image: David Shankbone)

Michelle Williams (image: David Shankbone)

Actress Williams, who shot to fame in teen drama Dawson’s Creek (1998 – 2003), is being tipped to grab her fourth Academy Award nomination for her role in the upcoming Manchester by the Sea. The amazing film has been a massive hit with critics on the film festival circuit.

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About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.