Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy Boynton will play Marianne in new biopic

Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy Boynton will play Marianne in a new biopic about her life, based on her memoir ‘Faithfull’.

Set in London in the mid-1960s, Boynton will portray Marianne as she rises to fame, from being discovered as a convent schoolgirl at the age of 17 to becoming a pop star, her hedonistic lifestyle and being homeless and addicted to drugs in Soho. Marianne’s tumultuous romance with Mick Jagger will also be under the spotlight, their highly publicised relationship having inspired some of their greatest songs.

Boynton, 26, will also executive produce the film: “I fell in love with this project the second I read it so I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of telling Marianne’s story both as an actor and, for the first time, as an executive producer, especially alongside this creative team. I can’t wait to really get started.”

Bafta-nominated filmmaker Ian Bonhote – known for feature documentary McQueen, about late fashion designer Alexander McQueen – will direct. Bonhote said: “Marianne is an extraordinary woman who rebelled against the male-dominated music industry. The film will explore female issues as well as the injustices she suffered in her quest to be recognised as an artist. I’m honoured to collaborate with Lucy and Julia to shine a light on Marianne’s timeless story.”

Faithfull said she is “delighted that my story is finally being made with my dream team” of Boynton, Bonhote and co-producer Julia Taylor-Stanley (Coriolanus, The Tempest).

Taylor-Stanley said: “This has been a cherished project for years and working with Lucy and Ian in bringing Marianne’s incredible story to the screen is an exciting collaboration and meeting of minds.”