Deschanel has been tapped to play legendary blues singer
Janis Joplin in a movie set to start filming in November.
Gospel According to Janis, the film is
cowritten by David Dalton, who was assigned to write a piece
on Joplin for Rolling Stone that would have
compared the drug-addled bisexual performer with
another entertainer--Judy Garland. Dalton
accompanied Joplin on a tour for the article, and
that experience will provide the crux of the upcoming film.
The movie, to
film in Philadelphia, is budgeted at $10 million.
Deschanel (Elf and The Good Girl) will
sing in the film and is training with a vocal
coach to achieve Joplin's trademark gritty sound.
flick is in the works with Renee Zellweger attached as
the lead, but no filming has yet been confirmed. Both
pop star Pink and out rocker Melissa Etheridge were
previously linked to Joplin films. (The