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Report: Taylor Swift in negotiations to play Joni Mitchell in ‘Girls Like Us’ biopic

By Daniel S Levine,
Production still has to cast Carole King and Carly Simon

Taylor Swift only has one live action acting credit on her stellar resume, but that could change soon. Swift is reportedly looking to play singer Joni Mitchell in a biopic called Girls Like Us.

Variety first reported that Swift was looking at the project, which is based on Shelia Weller’s book. The book also focuses on the careers of Carole King and Carly Simon, roles which have not been filled yet. Variety added that Midnight In Paris actress Alison Pill auditioned to play King.

Although Swift has been attached to play the “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock” singer for months now, she has yet to receive a formal offer.

According to The Wrap, Weller’s book was optioned by House executive producer Katie Jacobs, who also plans to direct. Two-time Oscar nominee John Sayles wrote the script and Transformers’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura is set to produce.

Girls Like Us would be Swift’s first feature film appearance since starring in 2010’s Valentine’s Day. She also lent her voice to this year’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. She also appears on The Hunger Games soundtrack.

The Wrap notes that this would also be the first time that Mitchell would be portrayed in a major Hollywood film.

Production on the film is set to start later this year, but that will depend on the three leads’ schedules.

While promoting The Lorax, ABC News reports that Swift told MTV that acting is something she’s always been interested in. "Acting is something I've been fascinated by my entire life," she said last month.

 

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