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Sam Rockwell is in talks to play musician Merle Haggard in new biopic


Actor Sam Rockwell is the leading candidate to play the role of Merle Haggard in a brand new biopic film.

The film, which will be a personal and emotional affair, will see director Robin Bissell helm the project. Bissell will also write the script alongside Haggard’s widow, Theresa, basing the plot on the memoir Sing Me Back Home.

The project sees Oscar-winning actor Rockwell reunited with filmmaker Bissell after the pair previously worked together on the 2019 drama The Best of Enemies.

According to a report in Deadline, the creative duo of Bissell and Haggard will also take on the producing duties of the forthcoming film, one made a realisation after Amazon Studios emerged victorious in a bidding war for the rights to both the film and book.

The story of country singer Merle Haggard is a fascinating one. Born in California during the Great Depression, Haggard endured a turbulent and troubled childhood, making a series of questionable choices which originated from his struggles to deal with the death of his father. After being released from San Quentin State Prison in 1960, Haggard successfully turned his life around and headed into the world of music.

Forging a reputation for being able to relate to the working-class section of society, Haggard’s music resonated deeply on a personal level and forged a unique career like no other. Starting off at the very beginning, the musician earned international fame and secured no fewer than 38 number-one hits on the US country charts throughout his career.

After being granted acclaim such as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and more, Haggard successfully carved his name into the annals of music history with his brilliantly honest reflection of society through his music.

The film, while focusing on his musical impact, will also touch on Haggard’s personal life and his complication love life which often hit the headlines.

It is not yet known when production will begin on the project.