We finally have our first look at Gurinder Chadha’s latest Bruce Springsteen-inspired film, Blinded by the Light. Based on Sarfraz Manzooor’s 2008 memoir Greetings from Bury Park.
The film follows the story of Javed, a 16-year-old Pakistani Boy living in 1980’s England during a time of racial and economic turmoil. Javed writes poetry as a way to escape the prejudice of his hometown and the limitations put on him by his traditional father. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed finds solace from his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics.
Gurinda Chadha is best known for her generation-defining films Bend It Like Beckham and Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging. If her previous outputs are anything to go off, this is destined to be a perfect movie. Check out the trailer below.
Watch: Blinded by the Light Trailer
Back in March, Bruce Springsteen and the world of film collided once more when it was revealed that Springsteen inspired a Star Wars plot. Father-son screenwriting team Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan behind Solo: A Star Wars Story revealed that The Boss inspired the relationship between a young Han Solo and his parents.
“We had both read Springsteen’s biography right around when we were working on it,” said Jonathan Kasdan. “It’s amazing. And we were touched by his relationship with his father. And we thought that it was a different kind of attitude to have about a parent than we’ve seen in Star Wars. And we thought that would be cool.” Read more about it now.