Michelle Williams is in early negotiations to play Janis Joplin in an upcoming biopic, Deadline reports. The project will be helmed by Canadian director Sean Durkin, known for winning Sundance Film Festival's Dramatic Directing Award for the 2011 thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene starring Elizabeth Olsen.
Simply titled Janis, the biopic will be based on the Love, Janis book, written by the rock icon's sister Laura Joplin. It is comprised of a series letters written by Janis to her Texas family and friends.
Janis, who was one of the most prominent blues singers in the '60s, died at 27 of a heroin overdose in 1970. She released three albums in her short-lived but impactful career, and is known for hits like "Piece of My Heart" and "Cry Baby." Hollywood has been trying to conjure a film based on the icon for decades, with Bette Midler starring as a fictionalized version of Janis in 1979’s The Rose.
But many have failed (Renee Zellweger, Amy Adams, Zooey Deschanel, Nina Arianda, Pink, etc.) due to issues with the Joplin estate and music rights. The biopic comes after Michelle Williams' roles in Certain Women (out Oct. 14) and November's Manchester by the Sea.
As we wait for Janis release date, check out this roundup of Janis Joplin's greatest hits.