The first trailer is released for the unauthorized Morrissey biopic, which is set to premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on July 2.
Before he was baiting the Establishment and spouting droll witticisms, the frontman of The Smiths was Steven Patrick Morrissey, a wayward teenager desperately trying to make his mark on the planet.
England Is Mine, directed by Mark Gill and starring Jack Lowden (as Morrissey), will follow the quiff-haired singer’s childhood years, tracing his journey from alienated outsider to cult hero, leading to the moment he joins forces with guitarist Johnny Marr.
In the trailer below, young Morrissey shows off his acerbic banter as he complains of “troglodytes” and laments the local music scene.
The film will mark Gill’s first feature release after being nominated for an Academy Award in 2014 for his short film The Voorman Problem. Meanwhile, Lowden is best known for his appearance in the BBC adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and will be starring alongside Tom Hardy and Harry Styles in Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic, which opens July 21.
England Is Mine also stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as Morrissey’s best friend, Linder Sterling, and the story is said to revolve around the pair’s friendship as Steven struggles through a dull 9-5 job and is introduced to the underground arts scene.
Morrissey is not one to hold his tongue, but the controversial crooner has yet to comment on the upcoming movie about his life. He recently finished a short North American tour, and his last album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, was released back in 2014.
While Morrissey hasn’t commented on the film yet, his childhood friend has spoken out on his behalf. On Monday, James Maker took to Facebook and did not have nice things to say about the film.
In his post, Maker says that the movie appears to be mocking the singer’s legacy. “It is not a biopic, but historical fiction,” Maker said. The friend goes on to claim that the movie makes it appear that Morrissey is autistic and was pushed into becoming a singer.
“The premise that if Morrissey could be a singer, then anybody could, is disingenuous, and rather insulting to his original talent as an artist,” Maker slammed the movie.
The film is set to be released in the UK on August 4 – no word as of yet on a North American release date.