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Zooey Deschanel to Star in HBO Series About Rock Groupies

February 3, 2010 12:00 AM ET

She and Him singer and (500) Days of Summer actress Zooey Deschanel will essentially merge the two aspects of her career by starring as the title character in a pilot for HBO's upcoming dramedy I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, Deadline.com reports.The series will be based on the 1987 memoir of the same name by former groupie Pamela Des Barres, with Deschanel playing the role of the author.

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In the memoir, Des Barres reminisces about her adventures in '60s/'70s-era rock & roll, starting out as a nanny for Frank Zappa before eventually becoming the love interest of Mick Jagger and Jimmy Page. Des Barres was actually a member of a group of groupies that labeled themselves "the GTOs," which likely served as the inspiration for the "Band-Aides" in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous. To bring this whole thing full circle, Deschanel also appeared in Almost Famous, but played the young reporter's cool older sister and not as a Band-Aide.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, in addition to building on her acting resume, Mrs. Ben Gibbard and M. Ward will release She and Him's Volume 2 on March 23rd. Read more of Rolling Stone's In the Studio interview with the duo here:

In the Studio: She and Him's Sunny Folk Rock Returns on "Volume 2"

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