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Lee Daniels Begins Work on Janis Joplin Biopic
By: Gary Graff

Now that "The Butler" is in theaters, director Lee Daniels is ready to focus on his next historical figure -- Janis Joplin.

Daniels tells The Hollywood Reporter that the biopic of the late 60s singing great is "my next project for sure," with Academy Award nominee Amy Adams locked into the starring role.

"Guess what? She can sing her ass off!" Daniels says, adding that preparing for the film has taught him much about Joplin beyond the songs and her wild-child image.

"I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart -- intellectual, even," Daniels says. "Look, some of the smartest people in the world have been drug addicts."

Ideas for a Janis Joplin biopic have been kicking around Hollywood for many years -- and this particular project since 2010, with several directors and actresses attached to it at varying times. It's unclear just how "authorized" Daniels film will be, and what rights he'll have for Joplin's music.

He has not yet revealed a production schedule or other actors who will participate.

Joplin died October 4, 1970 at the age of 27 from a drug overdose after a career that included four studio albums -- including the posthumous 1971 set "Pearl."

She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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