The part of David Bowie has been cast in the first actual David Bowie biopic. South African actor/musician Johnny Flynn will play David as David invents Ziggy Stardust, according to The Hollywood Reporter . Johnny currently stars in Amazon’s Vanity Fair series, and also appeared in Netflix’s Lovesick and as Albert Einstein in the NatGeo series Genius. Good luck, Johnny. Unfortunately, Ziggy will NOT be playing guitar as this movie will reportedly be minus any of David’s music. So you might have a rough ride ahead of you.
Stardust will cover Bowie’s first trip to America in 1971. This is the trip that supposedly “inspired the invention of his iconic alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.” But still – no Bowie music? Bohemian Rhapsody’s chief issue may be that its fired director allegedly has a thing for underage boys but at least that flick actually had Queen’s music as a draw.
Stardust will co-star Jena Malone and Marc Maron and is being directed by Emmy-winning director Gabriel Range from a script by Christopher Bell. Shooting begins in June of this year.
As for the absence of any sort of musical contribution from even the most minor member of the Spiders from Mars in the film, well, let’s let David’s son Duncan Jones speak on that (via EW).
I think this journalist needs to do some investigative reporting. Pretty certain nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic… I would know.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 31, 2019
Eh, Velvet Goldmine wasn’t allowed to use any of his music either and that movie’s boss.
For those of you wondering if Johnny Flynn could pull off singing like Bowie if he was actually allowed to sing Bowie’s music, here you go:
So this movie has a lot of strikes going against it. At least it will (hopefully) have glittery platform heeled boots and sci-fi shades of hair color. It’s going to need every weapon in its arsenal to even come close to rivaling the CELINE DION (NOT A) BIO-PIC FOR ATTENTION! (Why hasn’t there been screaming in the streets about THAT upcoming epic?)