One of British sport's great mavericks, Ronnie O'Sullivan's unconventional life is being cued up (sorry) for the Hollywood treatment, with Lionsgate reportedly the most interested party.
Speaking to The Sunday Mirror, O'Sullivan is quoted as saying: "Lionsgate in America got in contact with my agent. I thought 'they're not serious' ... But as it's gone on they've said they were going to buy the rights to my film and a couple of big LA actors who are snooker fans said they want the part."
Further reports suggest that Derby-born actor Jack O'Connell has offered his services for the role, with O'Sullivan saying: "O'Connell is interested – he's a big snooker fan and from the North and he's followed my career and says he wants the part."
The 40-year-old snooker legend has been crowned world champion five times, but its his tempestuous approach and chequered personal life that are likely to gain the most attention. He has famously battled with both depression and substance abuse problems in the past. While his father, Ronnie Sr, served 17 years in prison for murder.
O'Sullivan added: "As long as the film does justice to my life I've got no problems with it ... I've been told it will be along the lines of dramas Whiplash and the Black Swan – which I really liked as it got into the emotions of the character and I think that's how my career has been."
To be fair, if Jamie Vardy's getting his own film...