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Robert Pattinson Not Confirmed to Play Kurt Cobain


The web is abuzz today with a tabloid report that Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson will portray the late Nirvana star Kurt Cobain in an upcoming biopic, and that Courtney Love wants Scarlett Johansson to play her — but that’s news to Courtney Love’s manager.

“That’s an amazing story, and the first I’ve heard of any of this,” Jonathan Daniel tells about The Sun‘s report. “They manage to fit pretty much everyone in Hollywood into an article without one fact check and include a ‘My First Photoshop’ job as a ‘mock up’ to boot!”

Daniel says the idea of this film was discussed before he began working with Love, and its working title is Heavier Than Heaven, not All Apologies, as The Sun reported. A production deal with Universal does exist, however.

And with regard to the purported casting: “Courtney likes Scarlett Johanssen as an actress and as a person, so it wouldn’t surprise me if she wanted her to play her,” Daniel says. “I’m not sure she knows who R Patz is, but he sure is cute.”

The hubbub comes 16 years and a day after Cobain’s body was discovered in his Seattle home.

Love, meanwhile, is back in action with her band, Hole, and their first album in over a decade, Nobody’s Daughter, comes out April 23, and she’s set for four shows that week in Los Angeles (April 22-23) and New York (April 27-28).

Check out SPIN’s March cover story on the resurgent frontwoman, and read our review of Hole’s first U.S. show.