'Nico, 1988' begins filming next month

By Christian Holub
Updated October 24, 2016 at 04:44 PM EDT
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Nico, the late cult singer, perhaps most famous for her work with Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground in the ’60s, will be getting a new biopic next year covering the final years of her life, EW has confirmed. Warhol infamously said that Nico “became a fat junkie” and died after her time in the countercultural scene, but director Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988 will cover the real story, starring Danish actress Trine Dyrholm as the singer.

Nico, 1988 will pick up in 1987, with Nico strung out on heroin during a solo European tour accompanied by her son Ari (she always claimed Ari was the son of French actor Alain Delon, though Delon denied paternity). Nico died in 1988 while vacationing with Ari in Ibiza. Dyrholm, an accomplished singer-songwriter herself, will perform Nico’s original songs from that period, a la Oscar Isaac performing his character’s Dave Van Ronk songs for Inside Llewyn Davis.

Nico, 1988 will begin filming in Italy Nov. 7, before moving to Belgium and Germany.