A biopic about legendary rocker Janis Joplin would surely entice the likes of major actresses in Hollywood. The Academy Awards love honoring real life portrayals, and any chance to play an icon who sings, drinks and dies tragically is one that actresses dream about. Amy Adams has seized this opportunity, scoring the role of the 1960's icon and beating out a long line of actresses who have been circling the role for years. Here is the list of just a few of the choices to compare with the girl who got the role.
While she clearly will gain weight and transform her body for the role, Renee Zellweger was set to play Janis Joplin in 2005 when she was already 10 years older than Joplin was at the time of her death. The chance was no doubt due to her dominating Hollywood with her singing role in "Chicago" and Oscar-winning work in "Cold Mountain" around that time, but even the actress herself was "wishy washy" about playing the role. The Texas born singer-actress never confirmed interest in the part, and that incarnation of the film never progressed beyond rumor and speculation.
In 2006, Zooey was set to star in "The Gospel According to Janis" on the heels of her new found fame from "Almost Famous." That role was originally going to pop-punk star Pink, and casting had also considered Lindsay Lohan and even Britney Spears. Ultimately, the film cast the "New Girl" actress before the film was dropped and Zooey became the queen of quirky. While Deschanel got the closest to actually playing Joplin, the film never made it to production and Amy Adams will now be the first to put a stamp on the singer's life.
Arguably the most provocative of these actresses, the sensual starlet has been considered for the role in its multiple film attempts. Johansson has dipped her toe in the world of music -- she did a duet with Pete Yorn and released an entire album of Tom Waits covers. Between her recordings and having a body most liked that of the prolific 60's rock singer, it is no surprise that Johansson has been in consideration for the role repeatedly. Many may question why she did not ultimately get cast in the part, but Scarlett will have to sit by the sidelines and watch another play Janis Joplin.
While the casting news may be a surprise to many, the wholesome girl from "Enchanted" and "Julie & Julia" has shown an edgier side with her award nominations for her gritty role in "The Fighter." She has proven she has the prowess and power to portray the rocker behind "Piece of my Heart" who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. Edgy rocker actresses Juliette Lewis and Evan Rachel Wood have been quick to criticize the choice.
The revolving door of actresses set to play Janis Joplin has officially stopped and Amy Adams has emerged as the one to make it happen. Given the struggles of the past, the film may never see the light of day, but with a star like Adams attached and director Lee Daniels circling the film, it seems likely that this time it may work. Do you think she is the right star for the role, or would you rather see one of her competitors take on Janis Joplin? Sound off below!
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