Taylor Swift to Play Singer Joni Mitchell in Music Drama 'Girls Like Us'
Real-life singers portraying other singers on screen is not a new trend: Jennifer Lopez in Selena, Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls, Eminem in 8 Mile, Britney Spears in Crossroads and the list goes on. According to Variety, country pop singer Taylor Swift is going to be the latest to continue the pattern, as she's attached to play the iconic Joni Mitchell in an adaptation of Sheila Weller's book Girls Like Us. The movie will serve as a biopic of Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon, two other singer/songwriters who helped define the music of the 1960s, and will mark the first big screen drama for Taylor Swift. More below!
Swift has acted before, starring in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine's Day and lending her voice to Universal's animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. Girls Like Us will be the directorial debut of "House" producer Katie Jacobs, and she'll direct a script by Eight Men Out screenwriter John Sayles. Variety points out that Swift hasn't signed on the dotted line quite yet, so there's a chance this could fall through, but I think her musical talents are enough to help her lock down the job. Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) has apparently read for the part of Carole King, and I'm a big fan of hers so I hope she snags that part. Production is scheduled to start this year, but the film hasn't been greenlit yet.