'Girls Like Us' circling femme leads

Sony Pictures and Di Bonaventura Pictures' adaptation of Sheila Weller's book "Girls Like Us" may still be in development and without a greenlight, but the project is beginning to heat up as a handful of up-and-coming Hollywood starlets start testing for the roles of singers Carly Simon and Carole King.

Taylor Swift is already in line to play Joni Mitchell, as Variety first reported this spring.

Rising stars testing for the role of Simon include Allison Williams ("Girls"), Jessica Pare ("Mad Men") and Analeigh Tipton ("Crazy, Stupid, Love"); among the actresses who will read for the role of King are Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Olivia Thirlby ("Dredd 3D"), Ari Graynor ("For a Good Time, Call") and Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks").

Of course, with a project like "Girls Like Us," chemistry between the three leads is crucial, and the filmmakers want to get the casting right before deciding to move forward -- hence, the exploratory testing. Sony had no comment.

The long-gestating drama examines the careers of singers Mitchell, Simon and King and charts their impact on a generation of female musicians. "House" exec producer Katie Jacobs, who optioned the book several years ago, is directing from a script by John Sayles, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura ("Transformers") is set to produce.

Source - Variety