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Johnny Rotten hits out at Danny Boyle's new Sex Pistols series


Johnny Rotten has condemned the upcoming Sex Pistols biopic directed by Danny Boyle.

The project is titled PISTOL and began filming last month — however, it remains unknown when the premiere will arrive. The programme has been created by Craig Pearce (The Great Gatsby) and written by Pearce alongside Frank Cottrell-Boyce (24 Hour Party People), while Boyle heads up directing and executive production duties.

Toby Wallace will play guitarist Steve Jones, Anson Boon as the notorious frontman John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as drummer Paul Cook and Christian Lees as the band’s original bassist Glen Matlock.

Now speaking with The Sunday Times, Rotten said: “I think that’s the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure. I mean, they went to the point to hire an actor to play me but what’s the actor working on? Certainly not my character. It can’t go anywhere else [but court],” he said.

Meanwhile, Boyle previously said of the six-part series: “Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent. This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever.

“It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them.

“The Sex Pistols. At its centre was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.”