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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 April, 2004, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Rock drugs trial 'made into film'
Rolling Stones
The band were known for their anti-establishment stance
The notorious drugs bust which resulted in the arrests of Rolling Stones members Keith Richards and Mick Jagger is to be made into a film, say reports.

Actor Nigel Havers will play his real-life father, Lord Havers, who was the defence barrister at the 1967 trial.

The pair were given prison sentences for possessing drugs, but these were later quashed, with Jagger given a conditional discharge.

The Independent on Sunday says US network HBO has commissioned the film.

The newspaper says Nick Fisher, who created the BBC Two male mid-life crisis drama Manchild, is writing the script.

Nigel Havers
Nigel Havers thought of the idea for the film

Havers also starred in Manchild.

"It's a quirky bit of English history, but it has international appeal - 1967 was just an incredible year and this incident was a very significant turning point in history and the way the media works," Fisher told the Independent on Sunday.

The arrest and subsequent trial of Jagger and Richards split the establishment, with some commentators questioning the severity of the original sentence.

Mr Fisher told the newspaper it was Nigel Havers who gave him the idea for the film.

"It's a bit of family history for him [Havers]. Although Jagger and Richards are central, I'd like a lot of the story not to revolve around just them. The real key to it all is Michael Havers," he told the Independent on Sunday.

"It was a very life-changing experience for him. He was the most expensive silk in the country and the pinnacle of the establishment," he added.

Havers' father Michael went on to become the Attorney General.

The roles of Jagger, Richards and Jagger's then-girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull, will be cast next year.

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