Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed a deal with singer Halsey for her to star in a biopic about her life so far, according to a report from Deadline. The deal is unusual because music biopics from major movie studios are usually done for people who have had long careers or have superstar fame. Halsey (whose real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane) was born on Sept. 29, 1994, and she has only two albums so far: 2015's Badlands and 2017's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Although she is a well-known pop star, Halsey is not exactly a household name for much of the movie-going audience. Her biggest hit is her featured guest spot on the Chainsmokers' "Closer," which was a No. 1 hit in several countries in 2016.
On her own, Halsey's biggest singles so far are 2017's "Now or Never" and "Bad at Love," which hit No. 3 and No. 2, respectively, in the United States. She also had a No. 1 hit with "Him & I," a duet with rapper G-Eazy, whom she's been dating since 2017.
Depending on when the Halsey movie is filmed and released (it could take years), the film is likely to be Halsey's first starring role in a movie. According to Deadline, she has a cameo in the 2018 remake of "A Star Is Born," starring Bradley Cooper and Stefani Germanotta (also known as Lady Gaga).
Halsey (who is on tour for most of 2018) wouldn't be the first music artist to land a starring role a major-studio movie based on only having a few hit albums and having little or no experience as an actor. It happened with Elvis Presley, who starred in his first movie (1956's "Love Me Tender"), just one year after he had his first No. 1 hit in the U.S. ("Love Me Tender"). The newly famous Beatles also starred in their first movie, 1964's "A Hard Day's Night," to great critical acclaim.
In more modern times, rappers are the music artists who are most likely to make their debuts as actors with starring roles in movies, after having only a few hit albums. For example: Eminem (in 2002's "8 Mile") and 50 Cent (in 2005's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"). Halsey is likely to write new and original music for her biopic, although it is too early to know how many her songs will be on the movie's soundtrack.
Aside from music, Halsey has made a name for herself as an activist, particularly in the areas of suicide prevention and sexual assault. Her appearance at the 2018 Women's March got worldwide attention when, instead of giving a speech, she recited an emotionally stirring, self-written poem in which she talked about her experiences with sexual trauma.