A lot has been written over the years about The Velvet Underground and the band’s German superstar, Nico. But after The Velvets disbanded, Nico faded to infamy, as she struggled to keep her music career alive through a heavy heroin addiction. A new biopic, Nico, 1988, will finally shed some light on the singer’s final days, from overcoming her addiction and reigniting her career, to her death at age 48. Directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli, starring Danish actress Trine Dyrholm as Nico, the film will use the singer’s lyrics as a glimpse into the life of the oft misunderstood pop icon.
“Most people think, as Andy Warhol once said, that after her experience with Velvet Underground and the Factory—and after having had sex with most of the rock stars of those years—Nico simply ‘became a fat junkie’ and disappeared,” Nicchiarelli said. “But is this how her life really went?”
Drawing from interviews with Nico’s managers at the time, the film will begin in 1987 wth a strung-out Nico, as she prepares for tour, and follow the songstress until her death in 1988. Although a 1996 documentary, Nico Icon, already profiled the singer, Nico, 1988 will be the first feature film dedicated exclusively to Warhol’s late starlet. As the film will show, Nico was far more than just a groupie or a doe-eyed face—her transcendent lyrics hint she was complicated woman with a lot to say.