Michelle Williams is the next actress pegged to play Janis Joplin in a biopic that has been in the works for over a decade.


Hollywood has been attempting to do a definitive film about Joplin’s life for years, with screenwriters and actresses coming and going. Producer Peter Newman owns the rights to the singer’s life story, and there have been arguments over just how to tell it. Joplin died of a heroin overdose in 1970 and her musical legacy has endured the time since.

Actresses who were considered for the role in the past include Zooey DeschanelPinkNina AriandaScarlett JohanssonLindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. But they have all either been too busy or gotten too old with all the delays in the film’s production.

A documentary on Joplin’s life called Janis: Little Girl Blue came out in 2015 and met with critical acclaim. The release of that film helped the prospects of the Hollywood biopic.

In 2008, Port Arthur, Texas, Joplin’s hometown, erected a statue in honor of what would have been her 65th birthday. And in Nov. 2013, she finally was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Listen to one of her most famous works, “Me And Bobby McGee,” below.

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