Janis Joplin is getting the big screen treatment, finally. She will be brought to life via Tony Award-winning actress Nina Arianda (“Venus in Fur”). “Martha Marcy May Marlene” director Sean Durkin will helm the project, which is scheduled to begin in early 2013.
Producer Peter Newman & co. have spent over a decade putting the project together and getting exclusive rights to twenty-one of the icon’s most popular songs, which Arianda will sing herself. While Arianda is not as familliar as other well-known actresses that were attached at various stages — most notably Amy Adams and Renee Zellweger — Hollywood needs to stop treating that like a bad thing. If she has the voice folks like Newman say she does, Arianda’s less familliar face (though some will remember her hilarious turn in “Midnight in Paris”) will help channel Joplin more believably.
Newman tells 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.” Here’s more on the project.