If 8 Mile were to meet Notting Hill, you’d get an Ed Sheeran biopic—or so the recent Glastonbury headliner says.
In a recent interview with Q, Sheeran said he’d be interesting in producing an 8 Mile-style biopic but in Ipswich, the Suffolk country town Sheeran grew up in. Directed by Curtis Hanson, 8 Mile followed an up-and-coming rapper—played by Eminem—who struggled with growing up in Detroit.
Q also reported that Sheeran held a meeting with movie executives last month.
“I want to have an 8 Mile moment, but 8 Mile meets Notting Hill. Not gritty like Detroit but, like, Ipswich,” said Sheeran. “I’ve got loads of songs about Ipswich that haven’t come out so I could make a soundtrack.”
This has led to speculation as to who will play the Divide singer in the biopic. The obvious choice would be Harry Potter star Rupert Grint who previously portrayed a Sheeran-like character in 2011’s “Lego House” music video.
But Sheeran put those rumours to rest in an interview with The Sun, where he hinted that the starring role may go to himself.
“I really want to make a film that I do the soundtrack for and star in. I would want to cast all unknowns. I want to have a low-budget, indie, British-made film,” he said.
With a cast of unknowns, a rags-to-riches storyline and the gritty 8 Mile as a reference point, the film’s soundtrack would have large shoes to fill. Eminem won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Original Song in 8 Mile for “Lose Yourself.”
“I don’t think I will do an album as a soundtrack, but I will definitely put together a soundtrack with a bunch of my songs on it,” said Sheeran. From “Castle On The Hill” to “Galeway Girl,” many of Sheeran’s songs are autobiographical and would translate well into movie scenes.
There’s no news on when production may begin on Sheeran’s biopic or when fans can expect to see it on the big screen.
Sheeran is currently on the European leg of his world tour promoting his third studio album Divide, which has sold eight million copies worldwide in only three short months, making it the top-selling album of 2017 to date. Sheeran most recently announced the addition of four more U.K. dates to his tour.