Lead Actor Cast in David Bowie Biopic

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No surprise here: a David Bowie movie is already in the works.

On the way is Stardust, a Bowie biopic to be directed by Gabriel Range, known for drama I Am Slave and faux documentary Death of a President, and written by Christopher Bell (The Last Czars). The lead role has been cast.

Set to play the artistic genius is Johnny Flynn (pictured below), whose credits include Netflix series Lovesick, National Graphic series Genius (where he played a young Albert Einstein), the Anne Hathaway-starring Song One, and 2017 British thriller Beast. Flynn also has skills as a musician, serving as the lead singer and songwriter of his own band, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit.

The plot will catch Bowie as he visits the US for the first time in ’71, a trip that would go on to inspire his iconic alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. On board to play Angie Bowie, his first wife, is Jena Malone (Donnie Darko, The Hunger Games). Comedian and actor Marc Maron, who plays Sam Sylvia on Netflix series GLOW, is attached to play  Bowie’s record company publicist.

Principal photography on Stardust, which is expected to feature a number of Bowie’s songs, will begin in June this year.

Johnny Flynn in ‘Lovesick’ | Netflix
Johnny Flynn in ‘Genius’ | National Geographic