Pink, Zooey Deschanel and even fictitious Jenna Maroney from 30 Rock has been considered to portray the troubled, unfortunate 27-club member, Janis Joplin. Tony Award-Winner Nina Arianda is now expected to tackle the role while Martha Marcy May Marlene’s Sean Durkin is set to direct.
Arianda won her Tony with her performance as Vanda in the off-broadway play, Venus in Fur. Arianda also played small roles in Tower Heist and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. But Arianda’s vocals will also be put to the test as the actress will sing Joplin’s songs throughout the film. Producer Peter Newman is confident that Arianda can live up to the singer’s signature vocal grit.
You can read more details about the upcoming biopic at deadline.com.