Amy Adams to Play Janis Joplin in Biopic for Jean-Marc Vallée

By November 21, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée has found his next project and a muse to lead it: he’ll direct Get It While You Can, a biopic about famed singer Janis Joplin, and Man of Steel and Enchanted star Amy Adams will play the lead role. Deadline reports that this has been something of a passion project for Adams going back at least four years, when she was attached to play Joplin for City of God helmer Fernando Meirelles. Filming will begin in the middle of 2015, and the actress will use her own voice to sing Joplin’s music, marking at least the third time she’ll be singing in a film following Enchanted and The Muppet Movie. Amy Adams 3 Joplin was one of the main performers at Woodstock and a legendary singer-songwriter. It should be interesting to see how Adams, who is currently 40 years old, ages down to play Joplin, who died of a heroin overdose when she was only 27 (a few days after Jimi Hendrix died at the same age). Ron and Theresa Terry wrote the current iteration of the script, but Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack, who were nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, are in negotiations to rewrite the script. Vallée just wrapped a new movie called Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and his Reese Witherspoon-starrer Wild is making some waves in this year’s awards conversations. Adams has Tim Burton’s Big Eyes debuting on Christmas Day; I was at the world premiere of that film, and you can check out what she had to say about the experience of working on that movie right here.

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  • Neil Harris

    Jean-Marc Vallée is a great director, I’m looking forward to his take on this story of a fantastic singer, who died way too young!

  • David Johnson

    At the beginning of Ms Adams I thought She’d just be another Cute Hollywood Actress. But She has grown into a Amazingly Versatile Actor!!!