Taylor Swift is ready to try her hand at drama. Showblitz reports that the country singer is circling the role of Joni Mitchell in the adaptation of Girls Like Us. The film follows the careers of Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King and how they “reflected, enervated and shaped the feminist movement that grew up with them.” Swift has thus far only appeared on the big screen in the ensemble Valentine’s Day (she lent her voice to The Lorax), so playing the lead in a biopic would be a fairly humongous step up. I haven’t seen enough of her acting prowess to decide one way or another on Girls Like Us, but the physical likeness isn’t far off.
House executive producer Katie Jacobs will be making her feature directorial debut on the project from a script by John Sayles. Though the project hasn’t yet been greenlit, but producers hope to start filming later this year. Apparently Alison Pill has been eyeing the role of King, but no word on who producers have pegged to play Carly Simon. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book and to watch Mitchell in action.
Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties generation — female version — but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation has never been written — until now, through their resonant lives and emblematic songs.
Filled with the voices of many dozens of these women’s intimates, who are speaking in these pages for the first time, this alternating biography reads like a novel — except it’s all true, and the heroines are famous and beloved. Sheila Weller captures the character of each woman and gives a balanced portrayal enriched by a wealth of new information.
Girls Like Us is an epic treatment of midcentury women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them — confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul. [Amazon]