Taylor Swift And Alison Pill Could Play Joni Mitchell And Carole King In Girls Like Us
With Hollywood's love of the biopic and the recent successes of many female led properties, you wouldn't think it would take much to get an adaptation of Sheila Weller's Girls Like Us green-lit. Weller's biography tells the story of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon, three of the most influential female voices in music history, all blossoming out of different backgrounds to emerge on the scene in the late 1960s. And even though the project hasn't officially been given the go ahead, today's casting efforts should definitely help the film go into production considering Taylor Swift is one of the biggest recording artists on the planet.
Variety reports that the pop-country music star is close to coming aboard the project which hopes to begin filming later this year, if her and her co-stars schedules permit. Swift is in talks to play Mitchell in the proposed film, adapted for the screen by John Sayles and with Katie Jacobs attached to direct. The article also mentions that many actresses have been auditioning for the roles of Simon and King, with Alison Pill apparently the frontrunner for the latter. No official offers have been sent out but, if the reports prove true, the picture is shaping up nicely and I'm interested to see what Swift can bring to the big-screen in a role that would require a little more acting than her cameo in a Hannah Montana movie.
As far as Alison Pill's potential casting, well, she's rad and only gaining more and more exposure since her turns in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Midnight in Paris (not to mention how adorable she is in Goon). Soon, you'll see the actress in the upcoming return to television for Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, a role that was surely coveted and will certainly display her ability to handle the best of scripts. Of course, Swift doesn't share the same acting pedigree, having only acted in feature film (Garry Marshall's Valentine's Day) as well as recently provided her voice for another (Dr Seuss' The Lorax). Swift was in the running to play Cosette in Tom Hooper's Les Miserables but she lost out to the much more experienced Amanda Seyfried.
Girls Like Us sounds like it has a lot of potential, and I'm interested to see (if these two officially sign on) who the project taps for the role of Carly Simon. I wonder is Allison Williams can sing? Or would the move from Girls to Girls Like Us be too confusing? Here's the official synopsis of the biography from Sheila Weller,
Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties generation -- female version -- but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation has never been written -- until now, through their resonant lives and emblematic songs.
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