The story of the rock icon Janis Joplin that seems like a natural for the silver screen, will finally make its way to the movie theaters. And the honor to play the legend on screen went to Tony winner Nina Arianda, reports Deadline.com.
According to the industry website, Arianda was not the first and only one to be considered for a Janis Joplin’s role. Pink and Zooey Deschanel were among the actresses to step in and out of the role over the past decade, while Amy Adams and Renee Zellweger were only mentioned to play Joplin in rival projects. However, a flick about the singer has never been made.
The planned biopic will chronicle the last six months of the raspy-voiced singer’s life who died in 1970 of heroine overdose.
Reportedly, the under $20 million production will be helmed by Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin and will include “exclusive use of 21 of Joplin’s best-known songs” like Down on Me and Piece of My Heart.
And that’s not all!
According to the site, producer Peter Newman revealed that Arianda will have a chance to show off her vocal capacities to render Joplin’s distinctive voice in the movie. Newman was very thrilled with the casting of Arianda and he was especially amazed by her acting in Venus In Fur. After seeing her perform in the Broadway play he knew she was the one to play Joplin.
Here’s what he told Deadline :
“I’ve never in my life seen an actress walk on a stage and convey the duality of vulnerability with overheated sexuality, which is what Janis was all about,” adding,”that’s what Janis was all about.”
The 27-year-old American thespian, best known for her performance in Broadway play Born Yesterday, has previously starred as a supporting actress in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist.
What do you think of Arianda playing the iconic rock star? Can she match Joplin’s style?