As we still bask in the shadow of the brilliant Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and prepare for Rocketman, the upcoming Elton John film, we’re here to tell you another iconic rock star is getting the celluloid treatment.
Legendary singer, musician, artist and all round innovator David Bowie is set to come back to Earth.
It was announced that Johnny Flynn, a British musician and actor will fill the role of Bowie. Flynn is currently finishing of a season in London’s West End, performing alongside Kit Harrington in Sam Shepherd’s True West.
The film titled Stardust, referring to one of the late singers iconic alter egos: Ziggy Stardust.
The story is set to pick up in 1971, when Bowie first visited America which was the catalyst for the creation of Ziggy Stardust . That in turn led to the concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The album is about Bowie’s fictional androgynous bisexual rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings.
Stardust is being produced by Salon Pictures who also brought us the documentary McQueen, about the life of the late fashion designed Alistair McQueen. It will also star Jena Malone who will play Angie, Bowie’s wife at the time Angie and Marc Maron is set to play a record company publicist.
The script is by Christopher Bell and Gabriel Range is set to direct.
Fans are already divided about the project with many feeling that Bowie is too large an icon to be depicted on screen, however the fact that the production focuses on one specific time period would certainly make that easier. Many fans of Queen voiced much the same concerns before the release of Bohemian Rhapsody and that has gone on to take major awards and win fans over.
At this point, principal photography is set to commence in June this year. It will be presented for distribution at the European Film Market in Berlin once completed.