While an official announcement has yet to be made, a notice of auditions for Girls Like Us confirms rumors of pop-country star Taylor Swift being cast in the role of Joni Mitchell. Actress Alison Pill (Midnight in Paris, Milk) has previously been rumored for the part of Carole King, but this casting notice seems to contradict that.
Di Bonaventura Pictures in assocation with Heel & Toe Films are in early pre-production on the true story biopic feature film “Girls Like Us” starring Taylor Swift as Joni Mitchell. Casting calls have gone out for all of the major roles such as Carole King, Carly Simon, Gerry Goffin, James Taylor, and David Crosby. Also roles for young Carly Simon at ages 11 – 13, and young Carole King at age 11. The initial casting call consists of over 100 speaking roles, including numerous roles for kids and teens, and other notable supporting roles like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, and Henry Mancini. Filming is scheduled to begin January 13, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Katie Jacobs will direct “Girls Like Us” from an adapted screenplay by two-time Academy Award nominee John Sayles. The film is based on Sheila Weller’s novel “Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon – and the Journey of a Generation”. Katie Jacobs is best known for executive producing the Fox Network hit series “House M.D.”. She also directed episodes of the show. “Girls Like Us” will mark the feature film directorial debut of Jacobs.
The notice also includes a story synopsis:
Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties generation — female version — but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation has never been written – until now, through their resonant lives and emblematic songs.
While Taylor Swift has yet to confirm the casting, she recently announced her forthcoming album with a single-word title of a color – Red, perhaps inspired by Joni Mitchel’s mythic Blue.