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Film producer and director Lee Daniels is known for films that tackle thorny issues. Monster's Ball won and Oscar and was a $31 million success.
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For his next project, Daniels has decided to tackle the life of rock legend Janis Joplin. As he told The Hollywood Reporter, "I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart—intellectual, even. Look, some of the smartest people in the world have been drug addicts." Amy Adams stars as the late singer. Daniels is confident that Adams has the vocal talent to pull off such a challenging role. After the Joplin film,
he is considering bringing the musical Miss Saigon to the big screen.
A resident of New York City, Daniels lives with his partner, casting director Billy Hopkins, and his twin daughters, Clara and Liam, whom he adopted from his brother in 1996.
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