Universal Pictures owns film rights to Charles R. Cross’ Cobain bio. “A dozen A-list stars called me about playing Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix,” Cross says. “Oddly, it’s only A-list actors who want to play Cobain, while A-list musicians want to play Hendrix.” Cross’ dream Cobain: James McAvoy.
Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone
Director Cynthia Mort scoffs at the controversy over Saldana’s un-Simone-ish looks. “It’s a movie, not a wax museum,” says Mort. “Everybody says, ‘Zoe is so beautiful.’ By saying someone is too beautiful, you’re saying Nina Simone was not. When she was! It’s weird, totally offensive.”
Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith
Sting’s daughter, who won raves in Noah Baumbach’s film festival hit Frances Ha, plays Smith in CBGB, which also stars Alan Rickman as CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, Ashley Greene as his daughter, Kyle Gallner as Lou Reed and Avatar’s Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone.
Taylor Swift as Joni Mitchell
Swift has expressed interest in playing Mitchell, who’s written even more hits about exes than Swift has, in a movie using Sheila Weller’s revealing Mitchell/Carly Simon/Carole King book Girls Like Us, with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and director Katie Jacobs.
Jewel as June Carter Cash
Jewel is playing the legendary country singer in Lifetime's upcoming original movie Ring of Fire, which follows the singer's life from her early beginnings to her marriage to Johnny Cash (Matt Ross,Magic City). The biopic, which premieres in the spring, is based on her son John Carter Cash's book Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash and marks Jewel's first starring role.