Gemma Arterton to star in new Dusty Springfield biopic

Gemma Arterton has been cast as the lead of a new film following the life and career of singer Dusty Springfield.

The film, So Much Love, will be set in the 1960s and follow Springfield’s journey to success, her development as an artist and her relationship with the industry. The film will obviously feature her music, with ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ and ‘Just a Little Lovin’ both confirmed.

Arterton said: “I have been an admirer of Dusty Springfield since I was a teenager: her effortless husky voice, the way she conveyed emotion through music, how she helped bring Motown to the UK. Dustry was ahead of her time in man ways and inspired so many future artists. She was generous, witty, mercurial, shy extrovert and a true Engish eccentric. I simply cannot wait to play her.”

“Dusty Springfield has long been a hero of mine – an innovative, brilliant artist and a complex, contradictory woman – I can’t wait to bring her to life on screen,”¬†added director Phyllis Nagy. “And to collaborate with an artist of Gemma’s caliber – she’s an amazing talent – is a writer/director’s dream come true.”