After “High School Musical” and “Bandslam,” Vanessa Hudgens had planned to leave musical movies behind to concentrate on darker fare like Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch.” But the singer/actress caught the musical-biopic bug while filming her upcoming teen flick “Beastly.”
So what musician does Hudgens want to bring to life on the big screen? “Janis Joplin,” she told MTV News. “I don’t know [why]. In ’Beastly,’ there’s a Halloween party, and it’s kind of a high school Halloween party. All the girls are dressed up as sl–s, and my character comes in as Janis Joplin.”
From that point on, Hudgens couldn’t help but become a little obsessed with the legendary performer. “I would not stop listening to her music [after that], and I think she’s so incredible,” she said. “I know I don’t look much like her, but you can always hope, right?”
Hudgens isn’t the first person to pursue a Joplin biopic. Back in 2004, it was announced that Pink had signed on to “The Gospel According to Janis,” a movie that director Penelope Spheeris has been developing for two decades. Another singer/actress, Zooey Deschanel, is now attached to the project , but she told MTV News in 2007 that the film was “on hold.” “It’s one of these things [that] seems like it’s been hard to get all the money and the rights in place,” Deschanel said.
Renée Zellweger was also signed on to play Joplin in a movie set to be titled “Piece of My Heart” or simply “Janis.”
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