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Steven, the biopic aiming to chart living grimace and talented singer/songwriter Morrissey’s life before musical stardom, has just added to its cast. Downton Abbey veteran Jessica Brown Findlay has signed on to play a key role.

Jack Lowden has the lead, playing the man known back in the day as Steven Patrick Morrissey, a teenager escaping his mundane existence to find fame and fortune by founding The Smiths with Johnny Marr in 1982 before striking out on his own in 1987. The film, to be directed by Mark Gill based on the script he wrote with William Thacker, will follow those early days. Findlay will be Linder Sterling, a Liverpudlian performance artist and musician who becomes one of his closest friends.

Gill is about to start shooting the film, with Entertainment One planning to release it in the UK either later this year or early next. As for Findlay, who was last seen in Victor Frankenstein, she most recently worked on comedy drama This Beautiful Fantastic, which has yet to announce a release date.