The movie, titled Shoplifters of the World after The Smiths’ single “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” follows a metal-loving radio DJ named Mickey (Manganiello) who is forced to play The Smiths on repeat once a guy with a gun comes in and demands that he do so.
In 2014, Manganiello told Collider that Smiths frontman Morrissey gave them access to the band’s catalog for “a nice, affordable fee.” “Well, it’s not cheap, by any stretch of the imagination,” he clarified, “but we have Morrissey’s blessing to move forward with a The Smiths project. I’m a huge The Smiths fan. It’s just really great to be afforded the opportunity to go out and tell stories that I’m really excited and passionate about, like that one.”
Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of director Stephen Kijak is writing and directing the film, while Manganiello will produce along with his brother Nick and Laura Rister.