According to Variety, Samantha Morton is in talks to star as Deborah Curtis, widow of Joy Division front man Ian Curtis, in Control, helmer Anton Corbijn's bigscreen adaptation of Deborah Curtis' tome "Touching From a Distance."

The pic marks rock shutterbug Corbijn's feature debut. Matt Greenhalgh has adapted the screenplay, which covers the last years in Curtis' life, leading up to his suicide in 1980. Plot centers on Curtis' struggle between feeling enduring love for his wife and beginning a burgeoning relationship with another woman, as well as his bouts with epilepsy and all-consuming performances with his band.

Further casting is under way. The picture is skedded to lense early next year in England. Soundtrack will include a number of contempo artists covering Joy Division tracks.

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Brian B.