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Orian Williams, the producer of Ian Curtis biopic Control, is currently working on an unauthorized biopic about Morrissey. In a new interview with Nik Carter & Lori Majewski on SiriusXM, Williams reveals that the film—originally reported to be called Steven (Morrissey’s first name)—has been given a new title, as fansite Morrissey-Solo reports. The movie is now called England Is Mine, based on the iconic lyric from The Smiths’ “Still Ill.” During the interview, Williams also reveals that (spoiler alert!) England Is Mine will end with Morrissey meeting Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr—confirming previous reports that the movie will mostly explore Morrissey’s youth, specifically his “triumph over an alienated childhood to become the cult star he is today.” Listen to an excerpt from the interview below.
It was previously reported that the film had cast Jack Lowden, who starred in the BBC’s War & Peace adaptation, to play the lead role. “Downton Abbey”’s Jessica Brown Findlay will also reportedly star as Linder Sterling. There is currently no release date set for the project.
Read “Smith vs. Smith: Reading the Morrissey and Marr Memoirs” on the Pitch.
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