Elizabeth Banks to star in Prince movie that doesn't have Prince in it

She'll play the woman who famously won a date with the Purple One.
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Elizabeth Banks will produce and star in a film about Prince that, erm, doesn't have Prince in it.

Let's face it, who could you possibly get to do justice to Prince anyway, right? That's probably why Banks' new feature is about the woman who won a date with him.

Called Queen for a Day, Banks will star as Lisa Barber, who won a contest to have a date with the Purple one by making the 10,000th caller to MTV.

You might remember that this led Prince in 1986 to agree to premiere his new movie, Under the Cherry Moon, in Barber's hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming.

Deadline reports that while nobody will play Prince, "his presence will hover through the film," with the movie predominantly focusing on Barber and Prince's publicist, Robyn Riggs, who was responsible for making sure the date actually happened.

Don't expect a coming-of-age, fantastical romance about the then 20-year-old Barber. The movie is based on this Daily Beast article from 2017 called "When Prince Made a Chambermaid His Queen for the Day."

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It describes the circus and scrum that saw the international media and countless hangers-on descend on the small city, while behind the scenes among Prince's advance team preparing for the event, "coke-fueled chaos reigned."

There were also logistical challenges in the form was Prince's own demands, which included a piano in his hotel room, that required a crane to lift it into the local Holiday Inn.

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