Deschanel Is Latest Joplin Hopeful
'Almost Famous' co-star steps in for Pink
Given the number of directors who have attempted to mount Janis Joplin biopics over the past decade and the number of actresses associated with said biopics, it may take more than a little piece of your heart to get the project to the big screen.
"Wayne's World" director Penelope Spheeris, one of the more persistent Joplin documenters, has found a new leading lady for her endlessly delayed biopic.
According to Production Weekly, Spheeris has tapped "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" star Zooey Deschanel to play Joplin, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27, in a film that could begin filming in November in Philadelphia.
As recently as last November, Spheeris was still hoping to have Alecia "Pink" Moore as her star.
"It's a combination of getting the right script, getting the right actor, getting the rights cleared for her life, getting the music rights cleared. It's a complex formula," Spheeris told Zap2it. "I lost a brother and so did Michael and Laura Joplin lose their sister and I know what it's like and you want the family to be on board, you want them to like the piece that you're doing."
Previous potential Joplins have ranged from Lili Taylor to Melissa Etheridge to Brittany Murphy to Renee Zellwegger to Courtney Love. In addition to Spheeris, other associated directors have included Nancy Savoca ("True Love"), Marc Rocco ("Murder in the First"), Gary Fleder ("Kiss the Girls") and Stephen Gyllenhaal ("Home Grown").
Deschanel, 26, made early big screen appearances in "Mumford" and "Almost Famous." The daughter of celebrated cinematographer Caleb and actress Mary Jo and sister of "Bones" star Emily, Zooey Deschanel's impressive upcoming slate includes "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Bridge to Terabithia" and a vocal turn in the animated "Surf's Up."