Joni Mitchell fans, I’m not sure how you’ll take this news, but here it is anyway. Variety reports country singer Taylor Swift may play Joni on the big screen. An adaptation of Sheila Weller’s book “Girls Like Us” – following the lives and careers of Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King in the 1970s – is headed for the big screen, and Swift has been circling the role for months.
Weller’s book follows the coming of age and rise to stardom of now-legendary singers Mitchell, Simon and King in the late 1960s and early 1970s. For Mitchell, the daughter of Canadian farmers, epiphanies and inspirations came in the form of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and French chanteuse Eith Pilaf. Simon was influenced by the operatic Broadway musicals of Gershwin while King idolized the more accessible and populist Rogers and Hmmerstein. Variety also reports indie actress Alison Pill has auditioned for the role of King, though how close she is to the part is unknown. Swift herself also does not yet have an official offer, though one could be coming soon. The film itself hasn’t even been greenlit, but production is already tentatively scheduled for later this year.
Swift caused quite an internet firestorm when several months ago it was revealed she may be close to landing the role of Eponine in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables.” For whatever reason, West End stage actress Samantha Barks got the role instead and Swift maintains she never officially got the role in the first place. She made her big screen debut in Gary Marshall’s ensemble rom-com “Valentine’s Day” and also voiced the year’s first blockbuster smash, “The Lorax.” “Girls Like Us” would mark Swift’s first leading dramatic movie role.