July 16th, 2010
04:16 PM ET

Casting Chronicles: Amy Adams as Janis Joplin

Add Amy Adams to the long list of actresses hoping to play 60s rocker Janis Joplin.

It sounds like the 35-year-old “Enchanted” star is set to headline a biopic currently in the works by “Twilight” producer Wyck Godfrey and “City of God” director Fernando Meirelles.

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Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century," for which Taylor shared her love letters, personal photographs, and an unpublished first draft of her 1965 autobiography.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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  1. breeze

    i kind of agree with ASH.. if they have her gain a little weight, take off ALL the makeup, dye her hair light brown and style it hoe Janis had hers, then lookwise i think she could pull it off. however, it did suprise me when they said amy would play her because this is not her type of role.. hopefully she'll do her research on janis to catch her essence.. because even if when the way she sounds when she talks in the movie isnt similar to Janis, it just wont be believeable. and she'll DEFINITELY have to lip sync.

    July 21, 2010 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. breeze

    ikind of agree with ASH.. if they have her gain a little weight, take off ALL the makeup, dye her hair light brown and style it hoe Janis had hers, then lookwise i think she could pull it off. however, it did suprise me when they said amy would play her because this is not her type of role.. hopefully she'll do her research on janis to catch her essence.. because even if when the way she sounds when she talks in the movie isnt similar to Janis, it just wont be believeable. and she'll DEFINITELY have to lip sync.

    July 21, 2010 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. spurrowl

    well we will have to wait and see, but i think Renee Zellweger would be hands down the right one for the part

    July 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ash

    No offense to Mrs Adams but I don't think she's too pretty to play Janis. That's absurd, I could see if she was a bad actress to boot, but she's not. Amy Admas would do the part justice. Take off all of that makes up, gain 25 pounds and use some special effects makeup to bring out every pore. I hated Beyonce as Etta james. I bet she was picked cause she was pretty and marketable. In my opinion the movies and the soundtrack suffered. Sometimes non-music people are better, Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line.
    Just as long as she lip-sings too. No one can do Janis but Janis. I can totally see it.

    July 19, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. tobesograteful

    That's why they call them 'actors' people, because they can portray people that they are not!

    July 18, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rose

    Definitely Joss Stone all the way!!! She was great in the Tudors, and I think that with her singing chops she could definitely pull off playing Janis convincingly!

    July 18, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michelle

    It would definitely be a meaty role for any actress. If Amy Adams can pull it off then I would think she'd get some serious critical acclaim. As for Angelina Jolie or Catherine Zeta-Jones portraying Liz Taylor, I'd choose Zeta-Jones (she's Welsh as was Burton and let's not forget that Taylor is English). While they are beautiful women, neither is as stunningly beautiful as Elizabeth Taylor was in her youth.

    July 18, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kyle

    The only choice that comes to mind for me is Evan Rachel Wood.

    July 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hannah

    NO!NO!NO!NO! No offense to Ms. Adams, but she's too pretty, quiet, and sweet to play her. Yes, she's in her 30's, something that Ms. Joplin sadly never lived to see, but she looks young. She's a good actor, but I don't think that she has the rage to play her. She's too cute and too perky. Janis looked older than her age and sounded older as well. Janis was an old soul. She was 27 when she died, yet she was much older. Amy will need to be get that "old soul" quality and gain some weight to really be able to capture the essence of Janis. Amy will need to be able to be sad, vulnerable, strong and have soul in the musician sense of the word. They should pick someone with a different range, who looks and sounds older than she actually is... someone that could be taken seriously as she took a bottle of Jack Daniel's and breaks it over the head of Jim Morrison... Sadly, as good as Ms. Adams is, she can't pull that off.

    July 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Janis Fan

    I think Kelly Clarkson would be great as Janis.

    July 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sudeaux

    Argh! This is such a bad idea that I can't even begin to tell you how bad it is. I know it's called "acting" but there has to be some semblance of a soulful foundation on which to base the performance on.

    July 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. merrymomof4

    I think Joss Stone would be perfect for this.

    July 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Deja Vu U a.d.

    Joss Stone hands down. She did pretty decent in THE TUDORS, she has the look, the chops, that edge, hands down Joss or either Lindsay if she cleans up! Yup, go call her right now, I am sure Joss would be honored.

    July 17, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. darlene d

    Moon627, I agree with you. I think Russell Crowe (who reminds me of Richard Burton anyway) and Catherine Zeta-Jones would be perfect to portray Liz and Richard. As far as Amy Adams portraying Janis Joplin, I think that's way off base. Melissa Ethridge would be the perfect choice but, unfortunately, much older than the part calls for. Melissa has Janis' husky voice and she can really sing!

    July 17, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. James

    Crystal Bowersox would be perfect.. But can she act? get that girl some lessons and do this right... What a way to kick off her career and She really does have the looks and the voice to do it. The money they could save by hiring her to do it and not a " HOLLYWOOD Actress " they could better spend on making a good movie and get it advertised.

    July 17, 2010 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      "Dreamgirls" turned Jennifer Hudson into an Oscar-winning actress. Maybe a JJ biopic could do the the same for fellow "American Idol" runner-up Bowersox.

      July 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kristi

    Janis Joplin once was voted "Ugliest Man" at the University of Texas. I just don't think Amy Adams can hold up to that standard! And she may have only been 27 when she died, but she looked like she'd been rode hard and put up wet. Awful, awful casting if they select Adams for this part!

    July 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Deborah

    Why not Crystal Bowersox? She has the pipes and the looks.....

    July 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Moon627

    Amy is quite a stretch to play Janis – i thought Renee would be good at it but that never materialized.

    I think Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones are perfect to play Richard Burton and Liz Taylor !

    July 16, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  19. sheppard

    Amy Adams..... can't see it. Too pretty, plus frankly too old at age 35 – Janis didn't live to see 35 by almost a decade. Actually if LL can keep herself together, she's be a perfect choice – she has the acting chops (or did) and can look pretty and can look rough... can be vulnerable and can act tough...

    July 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jillmarie

      35 is not old- nor is someone who looks like her too old to play a 27 year old. I agree she is way too pretty to look like Janis Joplin, but they do amazing things with make-up to make someone look completely different. Look what Charlize Theron did in Monster. Plus Amy is a great actress.
      That said- I think Crystal Bowersox would make a great Janice Joplin! Does not have much star power, but a made-for TV version would be great with her in it!

      July 17, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • beenz

      35 isn't too old.. heck, look at Janis' picture.. did she look 27?? All the years of doping and drinking made her look much older. Let's just hope things get rolling on this. They've been talking about a Joplin biopic for YEARS.

      July 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  20. anony

    Smokey Wife like your comment! LOL

    July 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Smokey Wife

    Amy is going to have to 'ugly' herself ALOT. And if she can sound like Janis, she truly is an amazing actor!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Maureen

    And that was likely said when casting Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster. Janis Joline was cute enough before she got hooked on drugs and there is a resemblence between Adams and Joplin, much like the resemblence of two sisters, one ugly and the other cute, but one can still see how they look like each other. Amy Adams is a good enough actress that she likely can play any part given to her.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  23. LBW

    I have to agree. She is too sweet and pretty. Janice was rough and crusty. Good music, but any woman that will swig whiskey from a bottle is not a debutante.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Sir Loin of Beef

    No offense to Janis Joplin, I love her music, but Amy Adams is way to pretty to play her.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |

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