After we reported that Julie Delpy will be writing/starring in a third film in the Before Sunrise/Before Sunset series, news broke on the Oscar-nominated actress’s next project. Delpy will direct the biopic of Joe Strummer, the frontman for English punk band “The Clash.” The production by Simon Halfon (Sleuth) has been titled The Right Profile after a track on “London Calling,” the band’s 1979 album.
The biopic will obviously portray Strummer’s life, but will focus on his planned disappearance from the public eye soon before the release of their 1982 album, “Combat Rock.” Strummer tragically passed away in December of 2002, a month prior to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with “The Clash.” Hit the jump for more on The Right Profile.
Paul Viragh (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) is currently scripting a biopic about The Clash frontman Joe Strummer, tentatively titled Joe Public. No time period is specified, but the oddsmakers suggest we’ll see the The Clash’s rise to fame in the mid-1970s, given band’s status as the most crucial pillar in that first wave of British punk. (No offense, Sex Pistols.) Strummer amassed a huge body of work, continuously creating new music up until his death in 2002, so there should be plenty of “bio-” to tap into.
According to Screen Daily [via A.V. Club], Film4 is backing Joe Public: the British production could very well avoid the Hollywood mandate to craft a sweeping musical biopic, each beat foretold. Still, the meaty role ought to allure some major talent if such is desired, so feel free to dreamcast away in the comments. Hit the jump for a clip of Strummer in action, performing “White Riot” live.