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Lee Daniels on Getting Miss Saigon ‘Off the Ground’ and His Janis Joplin Biopic with Amy Adams

Lee Daniels on Getting Miss Saigon ‘Off the Ground’ and His Janis Joplin Biopic with Amy Adams
Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels sets his sights on 'Miss Saigon' and a Janis Joplin biopic.

The Butler director Lee Daniels is “hoping to get Miss Saigon off the ground,” according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The Oscar-nominated director has been attached to the rumored film adaptation for some time, but in the wake of The Butler's success, it appears he’s a setting plan in motion to get the movie underway. But before the heat is on in Saigon, Daniels will turn his attention to a Janis Joplin biopic starring Oscar nominee Amy Adams.

Adams made her New York stage debut as the Baker’s Wife in the Public Theater's 2012 Central Park production of Into the Woods, and according to Daniels, “She can sing her ass off!” Adams previously appeared in the movie musicals Enchanted and The Muppets and starred in the big screen adaptation of the Tony-winning play Doubt, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Before Adams portrays Joplin on the big screen, the 1960s rocker will the subject of a Broadway musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, which begins previews on September 20 at the Lyceum Theatre, starring Mary Bridget Davies.

Miss Saigon is a modern retelling of the classic opera Madame Butterfly, set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon. Earlier reports regarding Daniels' film speculated that American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez, Glee star Charice and Godspell alum Anna Maria Perez de Tagle were in contention for the starring role of Kim.

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