Courtney Love Discusses Kurt Cobain Documentary, Biopic

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 07.23.14 in News

While Courtney Love mentioned plans for a Kurt Cobain musical just three months ago, she now says a proper biopic is set to begin shooting “within the next year or so.” Speaking to, the Hole frontwoman discussed the casting call for Cobain’s role.

“These boys are so pretty, so cute,” she explained. “I won’t name names because I don’t want to jinx it for anyone but these are 25-year-olds who are blond, gorgeous and the new Brad Pitts. There’s a ton of those. Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces.

She continued, “I don’t want to be the person who makes that decision. Let’s leave that to the agents; I have great agents now. But I will have a say in it… So do Frances [Bean Cobain], and Krist [Novoselic] and Dave [Grohl], for that matter, if it touches on Nirvana —and it will. I am leading the charge because it’s time to do this.”

Love also has a hand in a “vérité” Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Crossfire Hurricane) documentary that revolves around interviews with her, Novoselic and Cobain’s mother. According to Love, it’s loosely inspired by Lenny, a Broadway play based on Lenny Bruce’s life that was eventually turned into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Dustin Hoffman.

As for Love’s own acting career, it’s set for a major reboot in the coming months due to a recurring role on Sons of Anarchy, her first in more than a decade. “The other day, my first time to act in 11 years, I choked on the first master take,” she admitted. “Thank god I was across from someone as good as Katey Sagal. She hugged me and I got into her vibe. Every take got better and better. I don’t choke, man! And I choked! And I am not on anything.”

Music wise, a Hole reunion tour has been ruled out, but Love is working on some new material with Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson. “I don’t want to get on the oldies circuit,” she explained. “I want to put out music that is relevant today. [Being] one of the last chicks in a rock ‘n’ roll band is a weird place to be. It’s scary not to be selling out.”