From her legendary music career to the alcohol and drug addictions which eventually led to her passing in 1970, the life of Janis Joplin will be chronicled in new a biopic from director Sean Durkin (Martha, Southcliffe). Janis has spent years stuck in development but finally appears to be moving forward, as Michelle Williams has been cast in the lead role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Janis will reportedly be based on Love, Janis, a book by the late musician’s younger sister. The biography uses previously unpublished letters written by Joplin to her friends and family to help unfurl the story of the ’60s rocker’s rise and fall.
Durkin has been working on the film for over a decade. At one point, it was titled Joplin. Prior to Williams, Zooey Deschanel and P!nk had been considered for the starring role.
Janis is not the only Joplin biopic in the works. Amy Adams has been pegged to portray the musician in a different film called Get It While You Can, though as of now that project appears to be stuck in Hollywood purgatory.