Variety reports (but a subscription is needed, so The Huffington Post and IndieWire come to the rescue) on the progress of the feature film adaptation of Sheila Weller’s triple biography Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon – And the Journey of a Generation. While country pop star Taylor Swift supposedly has the part of Joni Mitchell, the movie still hasn’t gotten the greenlight from Sony. So more star power is being courted.
Actress Allison Pill (Milk, Midnight in Paris) was thought to be in the running for the part of Carole King, but know it’s being reported that actresses Olivia Thirlby (Juno) and Ari Graynor (Fringe, The Sopranos), and actress/screenwriter Zoe Kazan (It’s Complicated, Bored to Death) are all in the running.
For the part of Carly Simon, actresses Allison Williams (Girls), Jessica Pare (Mad Men) and Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love) are all thought to be front-runners.
The completed script based on the book was written by independent filmmaker John Sayles (Lone Star, Sunshine State). Assuming Sony gives this the go-ahead, House executive producer Katie Jacobs will make her feature film debut as director.