[Watch] Johnny Flynn Undergoes Transformation for David Bowie’s Biopic In New Stardust Trailer
The first official trailer for Stardust (2020), the upcoming film about the early career of late music icon David Bowie has been released. After the critical and commercial successes of both, Bohemian Rhaposdy (2018) and Rocketman (2019), it was only a matter of time before a biopic of David Bowie, another legendary rock icon, hits the silver screens.
Johnny Flynn, English musician and actor, is starring in the lead role as ‘Ziggy Stardust’. Gabriel Range, documentary maker, has directed the film. The script is co-written by Range and Christopher Bell. It also stars Marc Maron as Ron Oberman, Bowie’s publicist from Mercury Records and Jena Malone as Angie, his ex-wife.
The story revolves around Bowie’s pre-fame era when he was struggling to establish both a career and identity for himself. The trailer shows a young Bowie traveling to America in 1971 to promote his newest record, The Man Who Sold The World. After tasting some success in the UK with his release of Space Oddity in 1969, Bowie is now standing at crossroads.
He is searching for an identity with which he can conquer the world. “There is no authentic me, it’s just fear”, says a perplexed Bowie in the trailer. “Well then, be someone else”, says Oberman, the only other man who believes in the talented singer. The trailer also shows us a glimpse of emotional and tumultuous journey Bowie underwent in culminating his iconic Ziggy Stardust look.
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Flynn, a singer in his own right, underwent a major transformation for the ‘Stardust’ role. He reportedly lost 35 pounds to channel the spirit of 24-years-old David Bowie. As hinted in the trailer, Flynn nails Bowie’s shy charm and mannerisms and the playful mystery of a man who was a style icon and a musical genius.
From the looks of the trailer, the film seems to be an artistic indie feature rather than a big-budgeted Hollywood biopic. Flynn earlier told in an interview that viewers should not treat it as a rock biopic; rather it was a “tiny origin story”.
“It’s quite a small film,” he said about Stardust (2020), “It’s really not in the same genre or emotional feel as those big biopic films. It’s very much a tiny origin story for him. So I really hope people receive it in the way it’s meant to be received. It was a huge privilege to have a go at it.”
Flynn was last seen in Autumn de Wilde’s Emma earlier in February, 2020. His previous acting credits include Beast (2017), Cloud of Sils Maria (2014) and many more.
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The Stardust (2020) official trailer has opened to mixed reactions from the music legend’s fans around the world primarily because it won’t be featuring any of the Bowie’s original music. The Bowie family has not supported the project and thus not given the rights to use any of his work.
The film was scheduled to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020 which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead, it premiered virtually at San Diego International Film Festival in October 2020. Stardust (2020) will release in cinemas and stream on-demand on November 25, 2020.
Watch the ‘Stardust’ Official Trailer Here: