Jonathan Meyers; ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA couple of years ago, there was talk of a movie version of the book Girls Like Us, which focused on the impact of female singers Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King. There also was word that pop superstar Taylor Swift had been cast as Mitchell in the film, but it was never made. Now Joni is claiming it was she who pulled the plug on the project.

Speaking to the Sunday Times of London, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones. It’s just a lot of ­gossip, you don’t have the great scenes.'” She also says she didn’t agree with the source material, which was written by Sheila Weller. “There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions,” Mitchell tells The Times.

In October of 2012, Swift said she was eager to portray Mitchell, telling Rolling Stone, “I wish I could say it’s confirmed! But the thing about movies that I’ve learned is — I’ve been reading scripts for five years, and you just don’t know what ones are going to get greenlit and which ones aren’t, so I can’t talk about it unless it’s the real thing.”

Girls Like Us would’ve been Swift’s first dramatic role, after making her acting debut in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day. The 24-year-old singer finally got that dramatic role this year, when she appeared in the movie The Giver.

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