The first image of Johnny Flynn as David Bowie, taken from the controversial upcoming biopic film Stardust, has been released.

The film, which will stars musician-turned-actor Flynn in the role of Bowie, will focus on Bowie’s first tour of the US in 1971. British filmmaker Gabriel Range will direct the film with Jena Malone playing the role of Bowie’s former wife, Angie, and Marc Maron playing his record company publicist.

However, Bowie’s son Jones, who is also a successful director, has confirmed that the film is going ahead without Bowie’s family approval and will not contain any original music. Taking to social media shortly after the film was announced, Jones said: “Pretty certain nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic… I would know,” he said in a post on Twitter.

He added: “Im not saying this movie is not happening. I honestly wouldn’t know. I’m saying that as it stands, this movie won’t have any of Dad’s music in it and I can’t imagine that changing. If you want to see a biopic without his music or the families blessing, that’s up to the audience.”

The script, written by Christopher Bell, has seen him focus his attentions to 1971 when Bowie was 24 years of age and road trip to America with publicist Ron Oberman. Paul Van Carter and Nick Taussig, of Salon Pictures, have been brought in as producers.

The image below is the first glimpse we’ve been given of Flynn in Bowie’s shoes.

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