Christa Päffgen, the woman better known as Nico, had a fascinating life and career. She starred in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, fell in with Andy Warhol’s Factory crew, played a vital role in the first Velvet Underground album, recorded “These Days,” had affairs with some of the most important rock stars of her era, spent years battling a crippling heroin addiction, and died young. It’s a story that should be a movie, and now it will be one.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli is about to start shooting Nico, 1988, a new movie about Nico’s later years in the Mediterranean. The Danish actress Trine Dyrholm will play Nico. It’ll tell the story of how she kicked heroin just before dying of a heart attack in Ibiza in 1989. Dyrholm will sing Nico’s songs from the era, and the movie will shoot in Italy, Belgium, and Germany.