The idea of an unauthorized Morrissey biopic seems almost hilariously doomed to failure, and yet it’s happening. Deadline reports that the forthcoming movie Steven will chronicle Morrissey’s pre-Smiths life. First-time director Mark Gill (and London Has Fallen producer) collaborated with screenwriter William Thacker on the script. And the movie already has its Moz: Jack Lowden, a 25-year-old Scottish actor who’s won awards for his stage work.
Lowden is most famous for playing Nikolai Rostov in the recent BBC miniseries version of War & Peace. He’s also reportedly got a big part in Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming World War II movie, which will also star Tom Hardy and One Direction’s Harry Styles. He doesn’t really look anything like Morrissey, and after typing that paragraph, I’m suddenly much more interested in the idea of Styles playing Morrissey. But there’s still time to get him in there; maybe he could play Johnny Marr.
In a statement, producer Orian Williams says that Steven “looks inside the young mind of Steven Patrick Morrissey and captures a glimpse of what he observed and channelled in order to give us the future music of his thoughts, not only with the Smiths but his solo work as well.” Honestly, I’m more excited to read Morrissey’s appalled and disgusted online screeds about the movie than I am to watch the movie.