David Bowie, one of the greatest rock stars ever, passed away nearly five years ago. This guy deserves a great film about him that tells his story, but this upcoming movie Stardust doesn’t look like it’s it. The first trailer for the film was released recently and it fails to impress. This is not the cinematic film tribute that Bowie deserves.
Hell, it’s said the film doesn’t even include any songs from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, or from any of the other albums he created. You can’t have a proper David Bowie film without some of his biggest hits!
Johnny Flynn takes on the role of Bowie in the movie and this is the synopsis that was shared:
David Bowie is one of the most seminal legends in music history; but who was the man behind the many faces? In 1971, a 24-year-old fledgling David Bowie (Johnny Flynn) is sent to America to promote his newest record, The Man Who Sold the World. Leaving behind his pregnant wife Angie (Jena Malone), Bowie and his band embark on a makeshift coast-to-coast promotional tour with struggling Mercury Records publicist Rob Oberman (Marc Maron).
When previously talking about the film, producer Paul Van Carter said:
“We would like to clarify that this film is not a biopic, it is a moment in time film at a turning point in David’s life, and is not reliant on Bowie’s music. Our original press release did state this. Much like Nowhere Boy for [John] Lennon, Control for Joy Division, the production uses period music and songs that Bowie covered, but not his original tracks. The film was written as an ‘origins story’ about the beginning of David’s journey as he invented his Ziggy Stardust character, and focuses on the character study of the artist, as opposed to a hits driven ‘music’ biopic.”
Stardust was directed by Gabriel Range, who made the fake documentary Death of a President, which imagined a criminal investigation that followed the fictional assassination of George W. Bush. The movie opens in select theaters and on VOD starting November 25, 2020.