Michelle Williams Eyed to Play Janis Joplin in Biopic


Michelle Williams Eyed to Play Janis Joplin in Biopic


The Oscar-nominated actress is in early negotiations to star in 'Janis', Sean Durkin's long-in-the-works biopic which centers on the 1960s rock icon.
Michelle Williams is eyed to play Janis Joplin in Sean Durkin's long-in-the-works biopic which centers on the 1960s rocker. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-nominated actress is in early stages of negotiations to headline the movie which is titled "Janis".

It will be adapted from "Love, Janis", a book written by the late singer's sister, Laura Joplin. Based on Janis' letters she wrote to friends and family, it tells the rock icon's rise to fame as well as her struggle with alcohol and drug addictions in the last six months of her life. Janis died in 1970 at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose.

Sean will direct the biographical drama from a screenplay co-written by Clara Brennan and Andrew Renzi. The project will be produced by Peter Newman through his production company in partnership with Spheeris Films and Start Motion Pictures.

Michelle is currently in rehearsals for P.T. Barnum biopic "The Greatest Showman on Earth" which stars Hugh Jackman and is expected to begin production this winter. The 36-year-old actress can next be seen in "Certain Women" along with Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, and in "Manchester by the Sea" opposite Casey Affleck.


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