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Michelle Williams in Talks to Star in Sean Durkin’s Janis Joplin Biopic (Exclusive)

10 October 2016 4:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michelle Williams is in talks to star as the iconic rock star Janis Joplin in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” helmer Sean Durkin’s biopic “Janis.”

Peter Newman is producing the pic with Durkin’s partners at Borderline Films, along with Uncommon Productions, Interal, and Seven Hills Productions. Williams’ reps could not be reached for comment.

Joplin was a rock-and-roll icon in the 1960s who rose to fame with Big Brother and the Holding Company before dying of a drug overdose in 1970 at age 27. Newman has long held rights to a good portion of Joplin’s catalog and a large collection of written materials, which will be used to create a depiction of the last six months of her life.

Williams is expected to be in the Oscar race with her performance in “Manchester by the Sea,” which Amazon opens next month. She also has Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women” opening »

- Justin Kroll

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Helena Bonham Carter Reteaming With Producer Faye Ward For ‘Saint Mazie’; Scott Lastaiti’s Palantir Co-Producing

10 June 2016 7:48 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Helena Bonham Carter is reuniting with Suffragette producer Faye Ward to develop Saint Mazie, the fictional novel by Jami Attenberg based on a real-life character. Scott Lastaiti's Palantir Group is partnering with Ward’s Fable Pictures on the prospective miniseries, which Clara Brennan (Janis) is adapting. Bonham Carter, (The Kings Speech, Alice In Wonderland) will produce and star as Mazie Gordon-Phillips, who Joseph Mitchell first wrote about in the New Yorke… »

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