The first official trailer for the forthcoming David Bowie biopic Stardust has been shared online ahead of the imminent release of the film on November 25th.
The film, which stars musician-turned-actor Johnny Flynn in the role of Bowie, will focus on Bowie’s first tour of the US in 1971 shortly before his career was sent into the stratosphere after he transformed into Ziggy Stardust. British filmmaker Gabriel Range has directed the film with Jena Malone playing the role of Bowie’s former wife, Angie, and Marc Maron playing his record company publicist.
Flynn lost two and a half stone for the film, which does not contain any original David Bowie songs after the singer’s estate refused to grant rights. Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, confirmed last year that the film was 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: “I’m 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.”
As the film does not contain any original David Bowie songs, Flynn has instead written a song in the style of Bowie for Stardust which he told The Guardian will mean “we’re potentially going to get a lot of flak from the Bowie army.”
“I don’t think it’s crap, but I knew it didn’t have to be a brilliant song,” Flynn said of writing the track which is titled ‘Good Ol’ Jane’. “He had this sense of failure, he wanted to be someone else and hadn’t found a way of capitalising on that yet. So I tried to write this song as Bowie ripping off Lou Reed,” the actor continued.
Check out the first trailer, below.