Transgender Actor Hari Nef to Portray Trans Icon Candy Darling in Biopic

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday August 6, 2022
Originally published on August 2, 2022

Candy Darling in "Women in Revolt"
Candy Darling in "Women in Revolt"  

"Transparent" star Hari Nef has landed what she calls her "dream" role. As reported by Deadline, New will portray trans icon and Andy Warhol film star Candy Darling in an upcoming biopic.

The flick will be penned by "Transparent" writer Stephanie Kornick. A title for the film has not ben announced.

"The dream was always to play Candy, and it is the honor of my life to get the chance to do it," Nef said in an statement to Deadline. "Candy bridged the gap between her dreams and a reality stacked so consummately against her — a transsexual glamour girl and indie icon reigning over Warhol's Manhattan and Nixon's America."

In her time of notoriety, Candy burned fast and bright, said Nef.

"More than anything, she wanted to be taken seriously as an actress," she said. "She taught girls like me how to dream—perhaps even how to be at all. She's the blueprint."

Nef's role in the film will follow Candy's rise from Long Island beauty pageantry "to her years alongside Holly Woodlawn and Jackie Curtis as a member of the East Village experimental theater group, La Mama Etc., to starring in Warhol's groundbreaking film, "Women In Revolt,'" Deadline reports.

Darling's imprint in culture has also reached beyond the LGBTQ community. She inspired lyrics for songs by Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, and St. Vincent, as well was a featured character in Patti Smith's memoir, "Just Kids."

Hari Nef and Abra in 2018's "Assassination Nation."
Hari Nef and Abra in 2018's "Assassination Nation."  (Source: IMDb)

Nef is consulting with those who knew Darling most and plans to bring her own personal experiences into the role as well," she said.

"In preparation for the role, I have consulted her friends, her diaries — every frame of celluloid I can find with her within it," Nef said. "I'm calling up theatre archives to read the scripts of the plays she performed downtown! Thankfully, the producers have already amassed a treasure trove of archival riches. We're attacking it! I'm so excited!"

We are too!

A search for a director to take on the project is reportedly underway.