Folk legend and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was set to be the centerpiece of a 2012 biopic about her career but pulled the plug on the project after hearing Taylor Swift was involved.
In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Mitchell shed light on plans for a film adaptation of Sheila Weller’s book titled Girls Like Us.
The story documented the lives of Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. The film would have starred Alison Pill as King, Jessica Paré as Simon, and the one and only Taylor Swift as Mitchell.
In the interview, Mitchell explained why she shot down the project, specifically citing Swift’s involvement: “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.'”
Mitchell also wasn’t happy about the film’s material. She recalled telling the producer, “It’s just a lot of gossip. You don’t have the great scenes.” She said, via EOnline, “There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books… assumptions, assumptions, assumptions.”
Swift, who has been a lifelong fan of Mitchell’s music, admitted in 2012 that she was eager to play the role. After two years of waiting for Swift’s part in the film to be confirmed, we may now know why the project never took off.