Julie Delpy Attached to Helm Joe Strummer Biopic 'The Right Profile'

November 22, 2011
Source: Variety

Joe Strummer

Just yesterday came news that Julie Delpy might reunite with co-star Ethan Hawke and director Richard Linklater for another installment in their unlikely romance series that started with Before Sunrise, but now Variety reports the actress, who has also directed  and starred in her own films like 2 Days in Paris and The Countess, will also take a seat in the director's chair for a biopic on The Clash frontman Joe Strummer. Titled The Right Profile (after the band's song of the same name from their 1979 album London Calling), the film will focus on Strummer's life and his planned disappearance from the public spotlight in 1982.

Strummer's legacy lives on, but the saddest note of his career came when he died in December of 2002, just one month before he and The Clash were going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's not clear how soon the project will get off the ground, but if Hawke, Delpy and Linklater write their Before Sunrise/Sunset sequel before the year is out, they should be able to shoot that before Delpy gets busy with The Right Profile. She just finished shooting 2 Days in New York, a follow-up to the aforementioned 2007 film which took place in The City of Lights, which now has Chris Rock as her new love interest.

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this could be real good if done right. for anyone interested: the clash doc "westway to the world" is an excellent watch.

Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011


Yep that's great. Have you watched 'Rude Boy' too? That's bonus too. 'A Riot of of Own' is a good book also by Johnny Green plus 'The Future Is Unwritten'. I sort of binged on the Clash for a long while. I like how his friends when interviewed don't get all misty-eyed and say he was sooo great and an angel with wings, but paint him realistically that he could be a dick. London's Calling is one of the best albums ever made though for defo.

Crapola on Nov 22, 2011


dude - from "westway",  i kind of got they all could be pricks....they all seemed like they might be difficult to get along with. LC is a classic.

Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011


Feel pretty bad for Topper too. Wee junky jazz drummer. But just how they went beyond punk into hanging out with Bambatta, having Futura do the artwork for them and their approach to making music was and is still incredibly inspiring. But yep, as you said about viewing them as they were, the ego's are what killed the band. On a side note, my good friends mate was on tour with Big Audio Dynamite across America and overheard Mick Jones abusing a hotel receptionist whilst trying to pay a bill over the phone, he repeated his credit card number enough times for the guy to memorise it before saying the hallowed line 'Do you not know who I am?!'. Since he had the number memorised, the drinks were on Mick for the whole trip. For Strummer, my my mate Gregor was a roady for him on a short tour of the UK with the Mescaleros, he said he was actually a really decent guy and often sat down for talks about skateboarding, music, art and a whole host of weird stuff after shows. Still have a stage pass with his autograph somewhere.

Crapola on Nov 23, 2011


yea, i felt bad for topper too....but, not too much. he was in a band - and they all owe it to each other to do the best they can......topper wasn't. the clash issue i never understood is why joe and paul didn't get along. they really seemed to dislike each other. good story on mick......he's one of those guys (like rick james, david ruffin, or axl rose) that i'd LOVE to hang out with on tour - just to see how crazy shit gets!

Anonymous on Nov 23, 2011


I was thinking the other day that Hugh Laurie looks a lot like Paul Simonon (The Clash's bass player), too bad they are same age-ish

Bass1L on Nov 22, 2011



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