(L) Janis Joplin. (R) Michelle Williams.
The rumors were true: Michelle Williams has confirmed she will play 1960s singer Janis Joplin in an upcoming biopic titled Janis.
Speaking to E! News to promote her latest film, Manchester by the Sea, Williams said she was thrilled when she found out she had been given the role of the rock icon.
"I figure there's one good day in the life of an actor, which is when you get the job," she said when asked about the project. "Before you get the job, you're like, 'Come on! I'm begging. I'm dying for this. I gotta have it! Please, I'll do anything. I promise...Take me! Take me!'
She added, "You get the job and you're like, 'I got it! I'm so excited! I can't believe I have this opportunity. I can't believe I'm going to get to do this.' And then you start worrying the next day. I'm in the worrying-the-next-day phase."
Last month, Variety reported that the actress was in talks with producers for the film, which will be directed by Sean Durkin. The movie, entitled Janis, will be based on the singer's sister Laura Joplin's book Love, Janis and will focus on the last six months of Joplin's life before she died of a drug overdose, aged 27.
This isn't the only musical role Williams has signed up for. Next year, she will star in Hollywood's live-action musical of the PT Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth alongside Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.