Halsey is heading for the big screen.
Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has struck a deal with the 23-year-old pop star to develop a movie loosely based on her life that she’ll also star in. Sony Pictures closed a life rights deal with the New Jersey native, and while the storyline isn’t yet clear, it won’t be unlike Eminem’s 2002 film, 8 Mile.
Halsey rose quickly to fame with her debut studio album Badlands in 2015 featuring radio hits like “New Americana” and “Castle,” and has had an rough upbringing that included being kicked out of her parents’ home after quitting school to pursue her music career. She says she was “technically homeless” and only had $9 left in her bank account, with which she “bought a four-pack of Red Bull and used it to stay up overnight over the course of two or three days, because it was less dangerous to not sleep than it was to sleep somewhere random.”
Last year, Halsey also detailed her struggles with endometriosis, a disease in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside it, resulting in chronic pain.
As a biracial, bisexual singer who has made a name for herself as an activist for women, LGBTQ rights, and mental health, it seems Halsey has many empowering stories fit for a big screen movie and that of a leading lady.
The singer-songwriter also made headlines after giving a passionate and rousing speech at the 2018 Women’s March in New York City this past March.
In her speech, Halsey recites her poem “A Story Like Mine,” in which the singer recounts with startling and sobering rawness her experiences dealing with sexual trauma, including being sexually assaulted by a former boyfriend. Delivering her words with a haunting honesty and urgency, Halsey reveals that she now understands that not even fame and fortune has made her feel safe as a woman, calling on everyone to unite in the fight against violence against women. Halsey’s personal words of abuse and reclaiming of agency stand out for their frankness and beautiful delivery. If you weren’t a Halsey fan before, you will be now.
Halsey—real name Ashley Nicolette Frangipane—is currently on the Australian leg of her world tour in support of her latest album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Aside from playing herself in two episodes of the Vancouver-shot series Roadies, plus a small role in the upcoming Bradley Cooper-directed, Lady Gaga-staring A Star Is Born, the new biopic will be Halsey’s first major acting role.
If Sony is looking for a vehicle that does for Halsey what 8 Mile did for Eminem, they might be onto something.