Singer Taylor Swift's entrance into the world of acting may get a big boost soon. According to reports, Swift is in the running to play music legend Joni Mitchell in "Girls Like Us," the story of three legendary female singer-songwriters from the 1960s and 1970s, Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon. The film would be an adaptation of a 2008 novel of the same name written by author Sheila Weller.
Swift recently voiced a main character in the animated feature "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," and she also appeared briefly in "Valentine's Day," a 2010 romantic comedy that starred Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel as well. Playing Mitchell, an iconic musician from a much-lauded time period in popular music, would be the biggest step forward Taylor's acting career has taken to date. While there's no deal signed, production on the film could start as early as this year if everything falls into place.
Swift would join an impressive and rather long list of actors who have portrayed musical icons on film. Here now are a few of the more notable roles and the actors and actresses who filled them.
Gary Busey as Buddy Holly - In 1978 Busey portrayed the bespectacled rock icon in "The Buddy Holly Story." Rock historians are quick to point out the numerous historical inaccuracies of the film, such as the names and number of Buddy's backing band mates being incorrect. However, it should be noted that Busey did play his guitar and sing for the live numbers shown in the film, and he was even nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his work on the film.
Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens - In "La Bamba," Phillips plays Valens, who was on the same airplane that Holly and the Big Bopper were on that crashed, tragically cutting short all three singers' careers. Many of Ritchie's family helped in the production of the film, and his mother Connie is in a scene. Phillips, unlike Busey, did not actually play his guitar or sing for the film.
Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis - In 1989, Quaid took on a deep-south drawl and stepped into the shoes of pioneering piano rocker Lewis in "Great Balls of Fire!" The title of the film is taken from one of Lewis' biggest and well-known hits. Also appearing in the film are Alec Baldwin as a young evangelist Jimmy Swaggart and Winona Ryder as Lewis' real-life 13-year-old cousin Myra, whom the music legend married, causing a massive controversy at the time.
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- Arts & Entertainment
- Taylor Swift
- Joni Mitchell
- Buddy Holly
- Gary Busey
- Jerry Lee Lewis
- Carly Simon
- Ritchie Valens