Di Bonaventura Pictures in association with Heel & Toe Films are in early pre-production on the true story biopic feature film “Girls Like Us” starring Taylor Swift as Joni Mitchell. Casting calls have gone out for all of the major roles such as Carole King, Carly Simon, Gerry Goffin, James Taylor, and David Crosby. Also roles for young Carly Simon at ages 11 – 13, and young Carole King at age 11. The initial casting call consists of over 100 speaking roles, including numerous roles for kids and teens, and other notable supporting roles like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, and Henry Mancini. Filming is scheduled to begin January 13, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Katie Jacobs will direct “Girls Like Us” from an adapted screenplay written by two-time Academy Award nominee John Sayles. The film is based on Sheila Weller’s novel “Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation”. Katie Jacobs is best known for executive producing the Fox Network hit series “House M.D.”. She also directed episodes of the show. “Girls Like Us” will mark the feature film directorial debut for Jacobs.
In addition to directing “Girls Like Us,” Katie Jacobs will produce under the banner of her and husband Paul Attanasio’s production company Heel & Toe Films. Attanasio is a very talented and successful writer, garnering two Academy Award nominations for “Donnie Brasco” and “Quiz Show”. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce for Di Bonaventura Pictures. Elizabeth Cantillon will oversee production for Columbia Pictures, and Amy Pascal will handle production duties for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
“Girls Like Us” is a groundbreaking biography of three of America’s most important musical artists of all time – Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. The story charts their lives as women at a magical moment in time, and is an epic treatment of mid-century women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them – confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul. Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon’s success reflected, enervated and shaped the feminist movement that grew up with them. Pioneering success in the music business led inevitably to similar roles in women’s movement.
Principal Actor Casting
See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.
Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.
1680 N. Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
To Be Announced
Extras, stand-ins, and photo doubles will be hired beginning in January, 2013.
Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
Di Bonaventura Pictures Inc.
5555 Melrose Avenue
DeMille Building, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Heel & Toe Films
Santa Monica, CA 90404
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Taylor Swift – Joni Mitchell
Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties generation — female version – but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation has never been written – until now, through their resonant lives and emblematic songs.