Director Morgan Neville, whose exploration of the careers of several backup singers "20 Feet From Stardom," earned him an Academy Award, this time looks at one of the most colorful characters and widely respected songwriters and guitarists in rock music.
The documentary is scheduled to premiere Sept. 18, the same day Richards' album "Crosseyed Heart" is to be released.
"If there's a Mount Rushmore of rock 'n' roll, Keith's face is surely on it," Neville said in a statement. "He has always represented the soul of rock music -- for all of the light and dark shades that implies. To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man -- full of humor, knowledge and wisdom. That's the real Keith we've worked to capture in our film."
While working on "20 Feet From Stardom," Neville intersected with Richards and the music of the Stones in profiling the career of singer Merry Clayton, who famously sang backup with the Stones, in particular the signature lines in the song "Gimme Shelter."
It also will include some video shot in New York during the making of "Crosseyed Heart," which was previewed for journalists and others last week in Los Angeles and New York. On Monday, Richards released the first video from one of the album's songs, "Trouble," on iTunes.