September 21st, 2018

NOT REAL NEWS: Bruno Mars not playing Prince in new movie


By Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press on September 11, 2018.

This combination photo shows Bruno Mars in the press room with his awards at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on Jan. 28, 2018, left, and Prince presenting the award for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015. A representative for Mars says a report claiming he will portray Prince in a new movie is false. British tabloid Daily Mirror published a story Saturday, Sept. 8, that said Mars was “being lined up to play Prince” in a biopic to air on Netflix. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK – A representative for Bruno Mars says a report claiming he will portray Prince in a new movie is “100 per cent false.”

The Daily Mirror, a British tabloid, published a story over the weekend saying that Mars was “being lined up to play Prince” in a biopic to air on Netflix. The story was picked up by several online sites and was circulating widely.

But Mars’ representative says the story is not true and Netflix says there’s no film in development.

Paul Cockerton, online deputy digital editor, said in an email to The Associated Press that the paper was reaching out to the reporter on the story to see if it needed to be corrected or clarified, and checking with Netflix and Mars for an official statement.

Prince died at age 57 in 2016.

Mars performed a show-stopping, memorable tribute to Prince at the 2017 Grammy Awards when he sang “Let’s Go Crazy.”

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