‘War and Peace’ actor to play Morrissey in new film ‘Steven’

Jack Lowden says new film will focus on Smiths' singer's early life

Jack Lowden will reportedly play Morrissey in a film adaptation of the musician’s life.

The War & Peace actor will reportedly play the former Smiths frontman in Steven, a film that focuses on his early life and the forces which led him to pursue a career in music.

“He’s a massive icon,” Lowden told The Daily Mail and stressed how important Morrissey’s formative years were in informing the artist he would go on to be. Lowden was seen on screen as Nikolai Rostov in the BBC adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel earlier this year and also has an acclaimed background in theatre.

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“He came from a working-class background, and felt out of place there,” Lowden said of Morrissey. “He did a whole bunch of jobs while he figured out who he was. He wanted to get out and escape into that explosion of music that was in Manchester around that time. It was exhilarating, and everyone was trying to find their place.”

Steven was written by Mark Gill, who will direct it on location in Manchester from mid-April. Gill was Oscar nominated in 2014 his short film, The Voorman Problem.

Meanwhile, Orian Williams, producer of Control about Ian Curtis of Joy Division, will produce the film alongside Baldwin Li.

A release date for the film has yet to be confirmed.