After the huge success of Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about Freddie Mercury that in 2018 broke several records at the box office, the music world is ready to bring back another resounding name for the big screen: David Bowie. One of the most celebrated music legends of recent years, a name able to get everyone agree, for the impact of his music and his role in the mechanisms of entertainment.
The film is titled Stardust and will tell the story of first American tour of David Bowie, in 1971, the one that will soon inspire him for the creation of Ziggy Stardust. Filming is supposed to begin in June 2019, therefore right now it’s hard to predict the release date. What we know, however, is the actor who will play David Bowie: Johnny Flynn, musician and actor already known for playing Albert Einstein in National Geographic’s show Genius, as well as appearing in Netflix series Lovesick and in the recent movie Beast.
Among the other members of the cast, Jena Malone (known for Donnie Darko, Nocturnal Animals, The Hunger Games and Into the Wild) will play Bowie’s first wife and Marc Maron (who appeared in Glow) as the publicist of his record company. The screenplay is written by Christopher Bell and the director will be Gabriel Range, who has already directed several films including Death of a President, about the assassination of George Bush.
The news triggered already some polemics: Duncan Jones, David Bowie’s son, said clearly that he has no intention to grant the rights to use his father’s music. And without that concession, of course the movie cannot contain any Bowie’s song. This forced recently the production to declare that the movie will focus on a crucial point of Bowie’s life, and it’s not strictly connected to his music. There soundtrack will contain iconic songs of that period, like John Lennon’s Nowhere Boy and Joy Division’s Control.
Obviously no trailer nor release date is available. But we can already wait for the next big phenomenon of music-centric cinema coming in next two or three years.