Deschanel to fill Joplin's shoes for film

Aug. 9, 2006 at 8:11 PM

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood is taking another crack at a movie about Janis Joplin, this time with actress Zooey Deschanel playing the legendary rock 'n' roll singer.

Previous attempts to tell the story of Joplin's life have generally failed. "The Rose," loosely based on the Joplin story, earned four Oscar nominations, including a best actress nomination for Bette Midler.

Director Penelope Spheeris told Zap2it.com her choice of Deschanel for "Gospel According to Janis," helps complete a complicated formula for a successful film biography.

"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," said the 60-year-old director.

The "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" actress was not Spheeris' first choice to embody the singer for her film. Spheeris originally wanted singer Alecia "Pink" Moore to fill Joplin's shoes for her.

The Web site said that despite delays, the new film is scheduled to begin shooting in Philadelphia in November.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Michael Douglas' mother Diana Douglas Webster dead at 92
Billy Joel marries pregnant girlfriend Alexis Roderick at his Long Island estate
USA Network renews 'Suits' for a sixth season
'Jurassic World' is still the No. 1 movie in North America for a fourth weekend
David Walliams and Jessica Raine to star in 'Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime' series