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Janis Joplin Biopic Casts Amy Adams as Late Singer

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The life of late vocalist Janis Joplin has been the subject of much discussion in Hollywood over the years, and it looks like a biopic on the singer will finally get made. According to the Hollywood Reporter, director Lee Daniels is in talks to oversee ‘Get It While You Can,’ with ‘The Master’ actress Amy Adams attached to star as the music icon.

The path to making Joplin’s story on the big screen has been a long one, with numerous actresses, directors and film companies showing interest over the years. At one point, Renee Zellweger and Brittany Murphy were attached to projects on Joplin, while directors Fernando Meirelles and Catherine Hardwicke have been on board to oversee past Joplin films that never made it to completion.

Joplin is best known for her classic tracks ‘Piece of My Heart’ and ‘Me and Bobby McGee.’ She passed away in 1970 at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose. Despite her short tenure in music, Joplin’s impact was definitely felt. She received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Adams has seen her star rise in Hollywood in recent years. She earned Oscar nominations for her roles in ‘Junebug’ and ‘Doubt’ and has appeared in such box office hits as ‘Catch Me if You Can,’ ‘Enchanted,’ ‘Julie & Julia,’ and ‘The Muppets.’ In addition to ‘The Master,’ Adams also starred in the recent Clint Eastwood film, ‘Trouble With the Curve.’

Daniels caught his big break by directing the Oscar-nominated film ‘Precious.’ His next film, ‘Paperboy,’  just arrived in theaters. Earlier this year, it was revealed that another Joplin biopic was in the works, with Tony-winning actress Nina Arianda in the lead role. Producers for that film, titled ‘Joplin,’ have the rights to 21 of Joplin’s tracks, and Arianda will sing.

Next: Janis Joplin -- Rockers Who Died at Age 27

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