Babyshambles front-man Pete Doherty has landed his first film role, starring opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg.
The controversial singer, turned writer, turned artist, will now try his hand at a spot of acting, in an upcoming French film. He has been cast in a lead role opposite Anglo-French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, the daughter of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, who has previously appeared in films such as 21 Grams and I’m Not There.
The project, which will be begin shooting in Paris at the end of the month, is reported to be an adaptation of the autobiographical novel, La Confession d’un Enfant du Siècle (The Confessions of a Child of this Century). The book was written by Alfred de Musset, a 19th-century French dramatist, poet, and novelist, who was part of the French Romantic movement and famously had an affair with the novelist Amantine Dupin, who was better known under her pseudonym of George Sand.
Doherty has reportedly stated that the film’s “storyline centres on a love triangle so it’s pretty intense and romantic”. He has also been quoted as saying, “I don’t know if I’m a good actor but they say I am.”
Meanwhile, the former Libertines singer has recently been making headlines for other reasons – and it’s not what you think! Doherty had previously agreed to take part in the anti-X Factor Christmas number one campaign dubbed Cage Against the Machine, which features artists including Suggs, Pendulum, The Kooks, Fyfe Dangerfield, and Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip. The ad hoc supergroup recreated composer John Cage’s experimental work 4’33”, a piece which is is comprised of musicians NOT playing their instruments. However, Doherty reportedly dropped out at the last minute.
Could Pete be headed for Hollywood?! We’ll keep you posted!