July 16th, 2010
04:16 PM ET
Add Amy Adams to the long list of actresses hoping to play 60s rocker Janis Joplin.
It’s just Hollywood’s latest attempt to bring the life of Joplin - who died at 27 from a heroin overdose in 1970 - to the big screen.
In 1999, Lili Taylor, 43, was set to play Joplin in "Janis," but that project ultimately never got off the ground. Next, EW reported in 2003 that Renee Zellweger, 41, beat out hopefuls Melissa Etheridge, Courtney Love, and Brittany Murphy for the starring role in "Piece of My Heart."
By 2005, the film still hadn’t been made, and Pink, 30, was attached to a rival Joplin project, "The Gospel According to Janis." She took herself out of the running after learning that Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Scarlett Johansson were also up for the part. Good luck Amy!
Angelina Jolie’s name has been attached to everything from Cleopatra to Maleficent, and she now reportedly wants to play Liz Taylor.
According to ET Online, both Jolie, 35, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 40, have their sights set on playing Taylor in an upcoming movie about the actress’s legendary romance with the love of her life, Richard Burton (Taylor, 78, has been married eight times, twice to Welsh actor Burton).
The biopic is based on the new book "Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century," for which Taylor shared her love letters, personal photographs, and an unpublished first draft of her 1965 autobiography. Colin Farrell, Clive Owen, and Russell Crowe are said to be eyeballing the part of Burton, who died in 1984.
Interestingly Jolie, 35, has long been compared to Taylor because both actresses were said to be behind the breakups of favorite Tinseltown twosomes: Brad Pitt allegedly left his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie, while singer Eddie Fisher ditched 1950s sweetheart spouse Debbie Reynolds for Taylor.
In the meantime, Jolie will be busy promoting her spy thriller "Salt" at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 22. It's rumored that Pitt, 46, might also appear at the sci-fi convention, where his DreamWorks Animation flick "Megamind," will have a panel.
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