Michelle Williams is in talks to portray Janis Joplin in a biopic about the 60s rock icon.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Deadline reports that the 36-year-old actress is in early negotiations for the lead role in 'Janis', which is being helmed by Sean Durkin and is based on a book called 'Love Janis' by the late star's sister Lauren Joplin.

The book contains letters penned by the 'Piece of My Heart' hitmaker - who died in 1970 at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose - which she'd sent to her family and friends about her rise to fame from playing coffee shops to rocking the main stage at Woodstock music festival, and how her substance abuse and alcohol addiction fuelled her creativity.

The letters have previously featured in a documentary about the star by Amy Berg called 'Janis: Little Girl Blue', which was released in 2015.

There have been several attempts to put out a biopic by several different filmmakers and a whole host of stars have been in talks to portray the late rocker including Renee Zellweger, Pink and Amy Adams.

According to Vulture, 'Janis' will document the last six months of Joplin's life including the recording of her final LP 'Pearl' and the lead up to her death.

And it wouldn't be the first time the 'Drive' star has taken on the role of a major Hollywood star affected by drugs.

Michelle previously portrayed Marilyn Monore on the big-screen in 2011's 'My Week with Marilyn'.

Her most recent credits include 'Manchester by the Sea', and 'Certain Woman', which she starred alongside Kristen Stewart in, and she is currently gearing up for 'The Greatest Showman on Earth'.

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