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Broadway Star Nina Arianda Joins Director Sean Durkin for Janis Joplin Biopic

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 10, 2012 at 1:32PM

Janis Joplin is getting the big screen treatment and will be brought to life through Tony Award winning actress Nina Arianda (she won for "Venus in Fur"). "Martha Marcy May Marlene" director Sean Durkin will helm the project, which is scheduled to begin in early 2013. Producer Peter Newman & co. have spent over a decade...
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Nina Arianda

Janis Joplin is getting the big screen treatment, finally. She will be brought to life via Tony Award-winning actress Nina Arianda ("Venus in Fur"). "Martha Marcy May Marlene" director Sean Durkin will helm the project, which is scheduled to begin in early 2013.

Producer Peter Newman & co. have spent over a decade putting the project together and getting exclusive rights to twenty-one of the icon's most popular songs, which Arianda will sing herself. While Arianda is not as familliar as other well-known actresses that were attached at various stages -- most notably Amy Adams and Renee Zellweger -- Hollywood needs to stop treating that like a bad thing. If she has the voice folks like Newman say she does, Arianda's less familliar face (though some will remember her hilarious turn in "Midnight in Paris") will help channel Joplin more believably.

Arianda certainly got fans from Broadway. Check out what the NYTimes and New Yorker have to say about her.

Newman tells Deadline, “I’ve never in my life seen an actress walk on a stage and convey the duality of vulnerability with overheated sexuality, which is what Janis was all about.” Here's more on the project.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.