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By Travis Martin



In 2011, actress Michelle Williams gained acclaim for her portrayal as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn. Now, Variety reports that Williams is in talks to portray 60s rock star Janis Joplin in the biopic “Janis. Sean Durkin will direct the project, which will be produced by Durkin’s Borderline FilmsUncommon Productions, Interal, and Seven Hills Productions.

During the 60s, Joplin and her husky, blues-inspired voice became iconic thanks to working in bands such as Big Brother and the Holding Company. The film will focus on the last 6-months of her life before dying of a drug overdose at the age of 27 in 1970. Producer Peter Newman has been holding the rights to Joplin’s written material that inspired the project.

Williams is about to have films like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Certain Women” release into theaters. She is also currently filming “The Greatest Showman” and has her film “Wonderstruck” in post-production. No production or release date has been announced for “Janis.”