Taylor Swift is ‘Miss Americana’: All you need to know
If you’re anything like us, you just simply can’t get enough of Taylor Swift. Well, you’re in luck. The international pop star revealed the official movie poster on Wednesday afternoon (Jan.15) via Instagram for Miss Americana. The new music documentary will give viewers a raw and emotionally revealing look at the world’s favorite pop star during the monumental last year of her 20s.
This comes at the same time as her newly-released seventh album, Lover and the announcement that she will be recognized with the Vanguard Award — an honor presented to allies who have made an impactful influence in promoting the acceptance of LGBTQ people — at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 16. Needless to say, the 30-year-old is having a very good 2020 so far.
Emmy Award-winning director Lana Wilson (After Tiller) presents the long-awaited documentary where Swift “embraces her role as a songwriter and performer — and as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.” Academy Award winners Morgan Neville and Caitrin Rogers (20 Feet From Stardom) produce the career-in-review doc.
Word got out about the project when Scooter Braun acquired her pre-Lover catalog from Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records and reportedly refused for her older songs and performance clips to be played throughout the film. In the midst of an ongoing feud between Braun and Borchetta, she claimed that “Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.”
“Additionally — and this isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news — Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years,” Swift tweeted in November.
The drama began right after it was announced that she would receive the artist of the decade award at the 2019 American Music Awards, where Braun and Borchetta had initially prohibited the 30-year-old artist from performing her old hits onstage. The performance went off without a hitch, and Taylor was able to perform all of her hits. Big Machine Records publicly stated that the use of all her music has been cleared for the documentary.
The new doc announcement leaves us with a bunch of questions as yet left unanswered: will it touch on the Katy Perry feud? Will we finally get some answers on the Kanye tapes? What about some unreleased music? Or her feelings about her silence on politically progressive issues and receiving backlash for cultural appropriation? For the aptly-named Miss Americana subject, we can’t wait for an honest, gritty portrayal of the normally perfectly manicured popstar’s image.
The documentary hits Netflix at the end of the month, but if you’re just itching to see TaySwift on the big screen, you can also catch her in the film adaption of the super-popular hit musical Cats (in theaters now), for which she co-wrote the original song, “Beautiful Ghosts”.
Miss Americana will hit Netflix and a select screen near you on January 31 and will have its world premiere on January 23 at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. In the meantime, check out the official movie poster!