With the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, music biopics are big business currently. Now it looks like we’ll be watching the life of Marianne Faithfull unfold onscreen.
Lucy Boynton, who played Freddie Mercury’s love Mary Austin in Bo Rhap, is set to star as the ’60s pop icon, according to Deadline.
Famously connected to the Rolling Stones, Faithfull’s first single, a version of the Jagger/Richards song As Tears Go By, was a smash, and she met with great success through the 1960s. The ’70s were harder on her, however, as she battled anorexia, homelessness and heroin addiction, before returning to the musical fray in 1979. When her very successful Broken English album hit, her voice had changed, affected by her battles through the decade. A true survivor, she still releases music today, and her story is sure to make for an interesting one if done right.
Other musical biopics currently in various stages of production include ones based on the lives of David Bowie, Boy George, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, John Lennon (with Yoko Ono), Madonna, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley and Helen Reddy.