All men have secrets and here is Morrissey’s, so let it be known: A new biopic on the famed Smiths’ singer’s early years will be hitting British theaters this summer.

It’s called England Is Mine, and depicts a young Steven Patrick played by Dunkirk actor Jack Lowden. The film, written and directed by filmmaker Mark Gill and co-produced by Orian Williams (of Ian Curtis biopic Control) and Baldwin Li, is set to premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival this weekend (July 2). To ready the mood, the first trailer has been released, and you can watch it below.

England Is Mine is billed as “a portrait of Steven Patrick Morrissey and his early life in 1970s Manchester before he went on to become lead singer of seminal ’80s band The Smiths.” In the trailer, even Lowden’s hair takes on quite a transformation as the iconic frontman overcomes his alienated youth and finds not only his voice, but his future bandmates, including songwriting partner and legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.

That last scene in the trailer should give goosebumps to any hardened Smiths and Morrissey fan.

The biopic takes its title from The Smiths’ 1984 classic “Still Ill” (“I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving/England is mine, it owes me a living”) and arrives in British theaters on August 4. Let’s hope a North American release is on the way as well.

Featured photo via eOne; h/t Yahoo

England Is Mine

 

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