British actor Jack Lowden will play Steven Patrick Morrissey in an upcoming biopic about the enigmatic singer and former frontman of the SmithsDeadline reports.

Lowden, 25, recently appeared in the BBC epic War & Peace and won an Olivier Award for his stage performance in 2013's Ghosts. He's also reportedly in talks for a major role in Christopher Nolan's upcoming World War II adventure, Dunkirk.

Steven will tell the story of Morrissey's life before the formation of the Smiths in 1982. It'll be the first feature from director Mark Gill, who co-wrote the script with William Thacker, his collaborator on the Oscar-nominated 2013 animated short, The Voorman Problem. Producer Orian Williams was behind the 2007 drama, Control, about late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

When news of the film's development surfaced in 2014, Gill told the BBC, "I can't deny that this is a love letter to Steven Patrick Morrissey and the dark satanic mills of Manchester."

Morrissey released an in-depth account of his life in 2013's aptly titled Autobiography and Steven is not an authorized biopic. Meanwhile, Moz is busy considering a mayoral run in London.

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