Sinead O’Connor was ‘in talks for huge star’ to play her in movie before tragic death
14th August 2023

Following the phenomenal success of Elvis, Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, the late Irish superstar Sinead O'Connor was planning her very own big-screen biopic based on the 2021 memoir Rememberings.

Almost a week on from the Nothing Compares 2 U singer's funeral, which unfolded in County Wicklow, The Sun now reports that Indecent Proposal's Demi Moore, Raised by Wolves actress Niamh Algar and The Grand Budapest Hotel's Saoirse Ronan had all been attached to play Sinead – 56 years old at the time of her passing – across different periods of her life.

"Sinéad was keen to explore making her memoir into her film and she had a raft of ideas about how it would look on screen," revealed a source. "She had a huge amount of respect for Demi and thought Niamh was a real rising star after she saw her in her TV series The Virtues. Sinéad, too, thought Saoirse was fierce and loved her from her film Brooklyn in 2015 when she played an Irish migrant.

"Her early ideas for the film saw her leaning towards a triptych-style film, featuring three different actresses which would fit with a satirical reference to the Catholic Church’s father, son and Holy Ghost. It was clear Sinead had given real thought to the biopic and seemed keen to get involved in the script."

OK! has reached out to the late musician's representatives for comment.

Previously hailing Sinead's wonderful artistry in light of her death, Imam Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri shared in a statement: "Gifted with a voice that moved a generation of young people, she could reduce listeners to tears by her otherworldly resonance. One need only listen to her a cappella version of Danny Boy or the traditional Irish tune Molly Malone to know this about her gift.

"Sinead's voice carried with it an undertone of hope, of finding one's way home. The Irish people have long found solace in song from the sufferings of this lower abode, and Sinead was no exception, and in sharing that solace, she brought joy to countless people the world over."

Elsewhere, father of the Omagh bombing victim Aiden Gallagher, Michael, also came forward to celebrate her integrity after discovering that Sinead had contributed a cover song to the charitable compilation album Across the Bridge of Hope in 1999.

Aiden was one of the 29 killed in the 1998 republican atrocity, and the disc was recorded in support of the mourning families.

"That was the very first time I heard that [she'd contributed a track], 25 years after the event. I think it was sad to learn that after she died," Michael said. "She was a very complicated personality, Sinead, she took on all sorts of causes, most of them that no-one would have taken on.

"It reminded me of when Lady Diana died. You see the royals and don’t think much about it, but it was only when Lady Diana died that I realised she did a lot of things that she didn’t need to do and some of them dangerous things. She could have a very comfortable life and just get on with it," he continued.

"When something like [O’Connor’s death] happens, it’s only when you really learn about people. I can’t even thank her."

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