The world has yet to find out if Adele’s acting skills are any match for her vocal chops, but if casting rumors are to be believed, we may get that chance soon. According to the British tabloid the Daily Star, the 25-year-old chanteuse has signed on to play the leading role in a biopic about music icon Dusty Springfield tentatively expected to begin filming in 2014 or 2015.
An unnamed source told the paper that “Adele is attached to a project, but it’s in the early stages of development.” The source said that producers have been ruminating over a film about Springfield for years, and even discussed casting other high-profile faces like Nicole Kidman and British singer-songwriter Duffy for the part, before ultimately settling on Adele.
The source added that Adele is considered a natural for the role by producers, not only because of her revered singing ability, but due to her resemblance to Springfield.
Springfield, who died from breast cancer in 1999 at the age of 59, was an inductee of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame. She was known for hits like “Wishin’ and Hopin” and “Son of a Preacher Man.” Although the film would be Adele’s first, the casting doesn’t prove altogether unlikely as the new mom has previously cited Dusty Springfield as one of her most significant influences.
According to the Daily Mail, she first began studying Springfield’s music after releasing her first album, 19. She later credited Springfield with opening up opportunities for other female singers, saying that she had "put English women on the map, which I love."
Although the soul singer has publicly confessed that she finds acting and being around actors in general nerve wracking, she has had small cameos on shows like “Ugly Betty” and is reportedly slated to appear in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming spy film “The Secret Service,” with Colin Firth and Michael Caine.
A spokesman for Adele declined to comment to the newspaper on the latest casting rumors.