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Play Dusty for me: net cast for Springfield biopic

Producers of a biopic based on the life of the late British singer Dusty Springfield say they are trawling Britain and the US for an actor to play the lead role. The as-yet-untitled project is being put together with support from Springfield’s former backing singer and friend Simon Bell, who knew her for a number of decades.

“Simon’s close friendship and intimate knowledge of Dusty’s life will be invaluable in the making of this film,” said Dominick Fairbanks, the film’s executive producer. “We will announce our writer and director very shortly, and the search is on for the actress to play Dusty. This is a fabulous part for any actress and we are looking on both sides of the Atlantic at the moment.”

The film will delve deep into Springfield’s colourful private life, which saw her battle alcoholism, substance abuse and prejudice concerning her bisexuality. Born Mary O’Brien to an Irish family in Hampstead, London, the singer rose to become the bestselling female artist in the world in 1966. The following decade saw her sales drop dramatically, before she revived her career in the 1980s following a number of collaborations with the Pet Shop Boys. She died of breast cancer in 1999, aged 59.

The biopic appears to be in very early stages. As yet, no director has been announced and it is not clear whether a screenplay exists.