Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein is writing a Heart biopic

Casting for the film has begun, despite COVID-related setbacks.

It’s been revealed that a biopic about legendary rock band Heart is being written by Sleater-Kinney singer and guitarist Carrie Brownstein.

Heart singer and guitarist Ann Wilson, speaking to Sirius XM’s Volume, revealed that she had been given an early draft of the script and that the film is being produced by Amazon. “It’s really cool,” Wilson said of the script, saying the story “started in childhood and ended up in the nineties.”

Wilson also revealed that, despite the current pandemic slowing production, casting has begun for the lead roles of Nancy and Ann Wilson. “A few actresses have come forward, but no one that’s right,” Ann said, adding that “Anne Hathaway came forward [for the role of Ann], but I don’t think she’s exactly right for it.”

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The biopic won’t be Brownstein’s first time away from her role as a musician – she has also acted in a number of roles, and starred in and wrote the TV comedy Portlandia.

Heart were formed in 1970 by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, and the band were active until the late 1990s. After this, the band reformed in 2002 with a refreshed lineup, and played together until 2016. The band announced the end of their hiatus in 2019, and embarked on a lengthy tour across last Autumn.

The Heart biopic is the latest in a number of music biopics to be announced as in production, including two about BB King, one about Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry and one about Chris Cornell. These join the recently-released Stardust, a biopic about David Bowie that, controversially, does not include any David Bowie songs.

The upcoming Heart biopic is yet to receive a title or a release date.

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