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Joe Strummer biopic to be helmed by… Julie Delpy?

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I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this: wispy blonde Julie Delpy, best known for writing and starring in Before Sunset (amongst others), has been attached to direct the long-stymied Joe Strummer biopic that we've been hearing small smidgens of rumors about for a while.

The film has the working title The Right Profile, which is vaguely meta, and somewhat misleading, given that that's the name of a Clash song written about Montgomery Clift and the face-smashing car accident that left him unfilmable but for his — you guessed it — right profile. It's like calling a Bob Dylan biopic "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll," which could actually be kind of awesome.

The Right Profile is apparently set to focus on Strummer's disappearance from the public eye in 1982, a time that saw him hole up in Paris and work on Combat Rock, the album that yielded the Clash's biggest hits: "Rock the Casbah" and "Should I Stay or Should I Go." (As well as "Straight to Hell," the song that MIA chopped up so effectively for "Paper Planes.")

Delpy will almost certainly make an appearance in the film, because she's done so in nearly everything she's been involved with. Not that I fault her for that, exactly, but I'd prefer the movie focus on Strummer and his rampaging awesomeness instead of the woman that brought us a biopic of Elizabeth Bathory.