Taylor Swift to Star as Joni Mitchell in Upcoming ‘Girls Like Us’ Film?
Taylor Swift has been increasingly involved in film endeavors of late. The country megastar — who lists pal Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence among her actress role models — recently played the voice of Audrey in ‘The Lorax,’ made an appearance in 2010’s ‘Valentine’s Day’ and also almost snagged a part as Eponine in the new film adaptation to ‘Les Miserables.’ Now, it seems the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year might land a spot as another guitar-wielding superstar: Joni Mitchell.
According to Variety, Swift hasn’t yet officially locked in the role, but talk of the ‘Ours’ singer playing the legendary Canadian has been fluttering around for a while now. Directed by ‘House’ executive producer Katie Jacobs, the film, ‘Girls Like Us,’ is based on the Shelia Weller book Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation.
As the title would suggest, the film will follow the lives of the three legendary singers. Filming is slated to begin later this year. In a recent interview with Inquirer Entertainment, Swift admitted that she’s been reading film scripts for about five years just waiting patiently for the right role.
“When I look at acting careers that I really admire, I see that it’s been a precise decision-making process for these people,” she says. “They make decisions based on what they love and they do only the things that they are passionate about. They play only characters that they can’t stop thinking about.”
Fans may not be aware of the fact that the blonde starlet actually got her start in acting and not in music. Says Swift, “When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, auditioning for Broadway was my dream. I went to several auditions in New York. I was always going there for vocal and acting lessons … and for auditions, where you stand in line in a long hallway with a lot of people. (I’ve always been freakishly tall, like a giant.) After a few years of auditioning in New York and not getting anything, I started writing songs.”
We’ll have to see if Swift ends up going for — and landing — the role as Joni Mitchell. It doesn’t seem like it would be much of a stretch for her to try to relate to a fellow singer-songwriter who was an icon of her day.