Yungblud has announced a new short film based on his 2020 song “Mars” is in the works, in conjunction with Mercury Studios and Interscope Films.
The track “Mars”, which featured on the award-winning British rock star’s 2020 album weird!, was inspired by the story of a young fan that Yungblud met while on tour. His first steps into the film world, the short feature will be set in the north of England and is being targeted for a release in spring 2022.
Mars will follow a day in the life of teen Charlie Acaster, who is longing for a “normal” adolescent existence – until one extraordinary night makes her reassess what really matters to her.
“This story is an uncensored, unfiltered portrayal of youth,” Yungblud explained. “It revels in the fragile beauty of it, flirts with the pain of it, and most importantly the undeniable, glimmering hope of it. It presents a generational shift towards acceptance of one’s self and others and ever-growing confidence in our own insecurities.”
The trailblazing artist has teamed up with acclaimed playwright Chris Bush on the screenplay. It will be directed by Abel Rubenstein, whose short films have previously been featured at the BFI London Film Festival, Outfest LA, and other BAFTA and Oscar-qualifying festivals.
The production is also committed to finding and working with trans, non-binary and those from the wider LGBTQ+ community in roles both on and off-screen.
“I cannot wait to make my first film,” Yungblud said. “This whole journey started with an encounter. Then it became a song, now it’s becoming a movie. All my art is about and forever will be about, is making people feel like they can be undeniably themselves, whoever they are – and with this project, we’re turning that message up to 11.
“The team we’ve assembled is incredible, I am so honored to stand with them all behind this beautiful project and to have them help me bring it to life. I can honestly say if you don’t adore this movie, then I can guarantee you’ll f______ learn something from it.”
Writer Chris Bush added: “Mars is a story where the mundane and the magical sit side by side. It’s Space Age escapism shot through with Northern grit. More than anything I hope it’s honest. I’m hugely proud to be working with Yungblud, and the fantastic creative team we’ve assembled. The queer kids are alright.”
Yungblud will kick off the next leg of his Life On Mars tour in North America in January 2022, running until March. The star will then take the tour to Europe, completing it in June.