Joe Strummer biopic to film next year

JOE STRUMMER, The Clash’s legendary lead singer, is to become the subject of a biopic.

According to the reports, the film – called Joe Public – is to be part-funded by Film4, Channel 4’s movie production arm, and will be written by Paul Viragh, who did the script for the Ian Dury biopic, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

Strummer, who died in 2002, was no stranger to films himself, starring as an actor in Alex Cox’s bandit-caper Straight to Hell and in Jim Jarmusch’s acclaimed Mystery Train, as well as composing music for several other movies.

He’s also been the central subject of a film before, in Julian Temple’s documentary, Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten.

Joe Public is due to start filming next year.