Three years ago, inspiring opera singer Paul Potts charmed the hearts of Britain's Got Talent with his stunning rendition of "Nessun dorma" from Puccini's Turandot. Judge Amanda Holden was brought to tears, while Simon Cowell called his performance "a breath of fresh air". Since winning the TV talent competition, the 40-year-old entertainer has become an international singing sensation with two best-selling albums, including his multi-platinum No.1 debut, One Chance.
Deadline exclusively reveals that American director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) has signed on to capture Potts’ remarkable rise to success. Production is tentatively slated to start next spring in Wales.
The currently untitled project is said to delve into Potts' upbringing in a small Bristol, England town and how his love of opera ultimately landed him on the world stage. But it's not without a handful of missteps along the way. Sure to be a charming tale on one of Britain's most beloved tenors.
Cowell was initially going to serve as a producer of the film, but his typically hefty plate of various obligations has forced him to bow out.
Potts' latest album, 2010's Cinema Paradiso, has been released in select countries across the globe, including Canada and Japan. It's currently without a U.S. and UK release date.
Here's a look back at Paul Potts' 2007 audition on Britain's Got Talent:
In other news:
– Did anyone download the new Beady Eye tune "Bring the Light" today? I have to say, Liam Gallagher sounds tip-top and the band's glam rock-infused sound is positively jaunty. The Guardian chimes in on Gallagher's recurring "Baby c'mon" and more. What I can't get my mind around is the band name.
– Having only recently split from Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan hasn't wasted much time getting back out there. The Never Let Me Go star has been spotted with English actor Tom Sturridge, and now she's fessed up to having a crush on Extra TV host and former Saved By the Bell star Mario Lopez. (CNN)
– Colin Firth says he isn't concerned with his children watching The King's Speech despite his character King George VI dropping a couple of F-bombs. "I understand this isn't a non-issue," Firth said. "I get that people don't want their small children hearing these words. I don't like them."
"But one of the things that the British film board said was it was the fact that it wasn't used in a violent context or directed at anybody and it was not in a sexual context," he adds. "These forbidden words have become momentary tools in the movie to get a guy to break out of extreme repression. It couldn't be a more harmless context. It doesn't teach kids to sprinkle their language with these words or direct them against people." (Contact Music)
– Russell Brand is easing back into the spotlight since exchanging vows with American pop star Katy Perry last month. The British comedian and actor attended the Pride of Britain Awards on Monday (November 8) and only had lovely things to say about being a newlywed.
"I love being married. Katy and I, all we do is laugh. That's all I want to do, have a giggle." (Digital Spy)
– Oh those Harry Potter kids are too funny sometimes. Rupert Grint has spent nearly a decade playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, but the English actor says he still feels like a regular guy. He’s not famous, what?
"The only time I really feel famous is when I get recognized or at premieres. But day to day it’s quite boring."
Way to keep your head on straight, dear! (Australia's News.com)
– Dame Judi Dench, who will make a cameo in next year's Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides, thinks it's downright nosey when others inquire about her choice of films. Don't mess with a Dame! (Showbiz Spy)
– Phil Collins, who in September earned his first UK No.1 album in 12 years with his latest album, Going Back, gets personal with Rolling Stone about having suicidal thoughts and his supposed past lives. The former Genesis sticksman also opens up about seeing "paranormal energy" in some of his photographs. Um, ok?
– Some of Britain's finest will take to the UK stage to support the Belarus Free Theatre Against Censorship campaign. In a one-night event next month, Jude Law, Sir Ian McKellan and Samuel West will partake in performances of Numbers and Discover Love, two Belurisian plays which also call attention to the dreadful lack of free expression happening in Belarus. (What's On Stage)
by MacKenzie Wilson