August 16, 2006
Janis Joplin biopic struggles back to life, looking worse than ever
Now that the planned Janis Joplin biopic Piece of My Heart, starring Renee Zellweger, has finally bitten the dust for good, some movie producers seem to have overcome monumental inertia and re-started talks for the other Janis Joplin biopic, Gospel According to Janis.
Back in 2004, Pink was planning to star in this movie. While this was almost as crazy-sounding as casting Renee Zellweger, at least Pink has some key features in common with Janis. Namely: she has a big, noisy, booming voice, she's got a tough-girl swagger, and she's not very pretty. Gospel According to Janis was a movie I would watch. Sadly, Pink pulled out, declaring that the casting process had turned into "some circus pop contest - who's the 'it' girl who wants to play Janis".
True to Pink's words, today's news reveals the radical, innovative new direction the producers of this movie have decided to take. Get this: they cast a really young, really pretty girl to play Janis. I know! It's crazy, but who knows, it just might work.
After considering Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and maybe the least-Janis-like actress ever, Scarlett Johansson, to play the leading role, they have now settled on the willowy, sugary-sweet Kewpie doll Zooey Deschanel.
Well, maybe some of Zooey's rivals for the part can help her explore her degenerate drug-addict side.
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