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Johnny Depp is producing a biopic for The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan


A biopic of The Pogues frontman, Shane MacGowan has been announced with the Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp set to co-produce the film entitled Shane.

The film will follow MacGowan’s spectacular rise to stardom and the desperate lows that went with them, featuring moments from across his varied life. What’s more, the legendary rock documentarian Julien Temple is set to direct.

MacGowan and Depp have been friends for nearly three decades and the Pirates of the Carribean star was seemingly thrilled to have the chance to be a part of the project.

Depp said: “Knowing Shane for 30 years, I am honoured to be producing the definitive film on both my friend and one of the most important artists and beloved poets of the 20th century.”

Temple said of the project: “It’s not the easiest thing to make a film about Shane MacGowan. The nearest thing I can think of is one of those David Attenborough films. You set the camera traps. You wait and you wait, in the hope that one day the snow leopard will trigger them.

“Then when you do actually capture the unique force of Shane’s personality, even for a moment on screen, you realise it was all worthwhile.”

Irish actor Barry Keoghan will take on the role of a MacGowan in the movie, as the enigmatic singer rose to fame with The Pogues during the aftermath of punk—chronicling MacGowan’s life motto; It’s better to burn out than fade away’.

The synopsis states the film will “reveal Shane’s true punk and poetic nature, culminating in his 60th birthday celebration where singers, movie stars and rock ’n roll outlaws gathered for a knees-up to remember.”

Watch Shane MacGowan performing ‘Dirty Old Town’ with The Pogues in Dublin, 1986