Bruno Mars being lined up to play Prince in biopic

US singer Bruno Mars has been lined up to play Prince in an upcoming Netflix movie about the late singer’s life.

Mars is known to be a huge fan of Prince since childhood, and a Netflix source told The Mirror it will probably be “the most nerve-racking move of his career” if it happens.

“Prince was one of his idols so to be asked to take on a hefty role like that especially as a debut acting move is full-on,” said the source.

“The offer has come out of the blue. Bruno used to love acting when he was younger but it’s not an avenue he’s explored.”

Despite the reports, neither Mars nor Prince’s estate have yet responded to the claims.

Meanwhile, Piano & A Microphone 1983, an album featuring Prince’s previously unheard solo rehearsals, will be released on September 21.

As reported on AAA Edinburgh last week, a previously unheard demo of Prince’s 17 Days has dropped ahead of the release of the new live album – and you can listen to it right here.

The studio version of the track – inspired by girl group Vanity 6 – was originally released in 1984 as the b-side to When Doves Cry.

Another previously unreleased Prince song, Mary Don’t You Weep, features on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s new movie, BlacKkKlansman.

“Prince wanted me to have that song, I don’t care what nobody says,” the director explained. “My brother Prince wanted me to have that song.

“For this film. There’s no other explanation to me. This cassette is in the back of the vaults. In Paisley Park. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it’s discovered? Nah-ah. That ain’t an accident.”

Piano & A Microphone 1983 – tracklisting
17 Days
Purple Rain
A Case Of You
Mary Don’t You Weep
Strange Relationship
International Lover
Cold Coffee & Cocaine
Why The Butterflies

The Deluxe CD+LP format will include a 12” booklet featuring brand new liner notes written by Prince’s engineer Don Batts, Paisley Park artist Jill Jones and Revolution member Lisa Coleman as well as candid shots of Prince including never before seen photos.

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