Hard-bluesing, hard-boozin’ wailer Janis Joplin‘s story has long seemed like a natural for the big screen, but any realization of that has always sputtered out like an empty bottle of Southern Comfort.
Bette Midler did some kind of riff on it in 1979’s The Rose, but it was very loosely based.
And since then, there was talk of Janis movies with Pink, Brittany Murphy, Lili Taylor, Renee Zellweger, and just about everyone except Ernie Borgnine, but none of them managed to hitch a Mercedes Benz across the street, let alone to Hollywood.
But now they’re finally going to do it, with Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus In Fur) in the part.
Great choice! She’s got the quirks, the sexuality, the wit, and the lustiness.
I saw Nina at a movie premiere party last night, where she looked gorgeous in cascading blonde hair and a black gown, like a real movie star. (This woman could become our new Monica Vitti.)
I congratulated her on nabbing the role and asked her if she’ll be doing her own vocals.
“That’s what they’re telling me,” Arianda said, smiling. “We’ll have to see.”
You mean the girl is not only a firecracker actress, but she can sing too?
Why didn’t they call her when they looking for someone to do Funny Girl????