Fans of the seminal pop-rock band The Smiths are sure to be excited about a new biopic movie project announced earlier this week, focusing on iconic frontman Morrissey. Entitled Steven, the songwriter's first name, this film project is set to focus on the singer's teenage years leading up to meeting Smith's co-founder Johnny Marr and starting the band in 1982. In other words, we get a great glimpse into the part of Morrissey's life that influenced some of your favorite Smiths songs. The BBC's War and Peace miniseries star Jack Lowden has been cast in the title role.
While Morrissey has been in headlines recently for boycotting events, ranting about other artists and generally negative news, there's no denying the importance of his music, especially before his successful solo career after The Smiths broke up in 1989. There doesn't seem to be any sign of Morrissey and Marr putting their differences aside to reunite the band, but perhaps we'll get a glimpse into the better parts of their budding friendship in Steven.
Before Morrissey sand "Bigmouth Strikes Again," "Girlfriend In A Coma," "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want," "This Charming Man," and other great Smiths songs, he was finding himself as an artist and performer. We'll get to see this on the big-screen with British actor Jack Lowden as the music icon. Deadline announced the casting news, reporting that Mark Gill, who co-wrote the script with William Thacker, will direct the project. It will be his directorial debut (via UPROXX).
We don't know when the film is set for release, but we imagine that it will make film festival rounds once it is ready for distribution.