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Michelle Williams in talks to play Janis Joplin in Sean Durkin-directed biopic

Following her Oscar-nominated turn as Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn, Michelle Williams could soon be headed back to the big screen to play another iconic entertainment figure.

EW has learned the 36-year-old actress is in talks to star as Janis Joplin in the upcoming biopic Janis, set to be directed by Martha Marcy May Marelene helmer Sean Durkin. The film will revolve around the last six months of the rocker’s life, shortly before her death in 1970 at age 27. 

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Janis Joplin's siblings look back on the Summer of Love in Little Girl Blue exclusive clip

The raspy-voiced blues-rock singer Janis Joplin died 45 years ago after a brief but influential music career. This month Amy Berg’s documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue is poised to illuminate her life, her music, and the legacy she left behind via interviews with close acquaintances, personal letters, performance footage, and other archival treasures.

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See the trailer for Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue

Janis Joplin fans are about to get a much closer look at the legendary musician.

The poster and teaser trailer for Janis: Little Girl Blue, the upcoming doc about Joplin from director Amy Berg and producer Alex Gibney, were released Thursday. In a press release, FilmRise described the film as “an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist.”

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Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche going up for auction

Janis Joplin didn’t just wear her heart on her sleeve, she decorated her own car with her psychedelic vision. Although Joplin famously sang about wanting a “Mercedes Benz,” her vehicle of choice was a Porsche. The iconic car was covered with colorful illustrations of butterflies, jellyfish, and Joplin herself, and served as a calling card for the singer. Now, the car is up for auction and can be yours.

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This Week on Stage: 'Big Fish' makes a splash, the return of Janis Joplin

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Image Credit: Paul Kolnik

A nice small cornucopia of new shows this week, including the long-awaited musical arrival of Susan Stroman’s take on Tim Burton, Tony Danza takes on New Joi-sey, Julius Caesar gets an estrogen makeover, and Janis Joplin takes another little piece of our hearts now baby! (Click on the links below to read the full reviews):

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This Week on Stage: Cirque du Soleil takes on Michael Jackson, plus new fall shows

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Image Credit: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

Summer has officially taken hold, but all eyes seem to be on fall and spring, with nearly all of the 40 Broadway houses having scooped up shows to call their own if they don’t already have a tenant. This fall, we will see the arrival of a new Janis Joplin musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, which has been making the rounds nationally and finally setting up camp for a long run.

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