Johnny Flynn Says David Bowie Biopic 'Stardust' Is "Going to Get a Lot of Flak"
Published Oct 19, 2020Gabriel Range's David Bowie biopic Stardust is definitely on its way someday — against the wishes of the late artist's family — but it now appears that the film's lack of actual Bowie music might make it even more of a departure from the artist's legacy than originally anticipated.
In a new interview with The Guardian, the film's star — actor and folk musician Johnny Flynn — warned that Stardust is "potentially going to get a lot of flak from the Bowie army," as the original music in the movie is intentionally underwhelming.
For the flick, Flynn recorded a fake new Bowie-inspired song titled "Good Ol' Jane." According to the interview, the song will play during a depressing scene that sees Flynn as Bowie, performing for a convention of uninterested vacuum salesmen.
"I don't think it's crap, but I knew it didn't have to be a brilliant song," he said of the recording. "He had this sense of failure, he wanted to be someone else and hadn't found a way of capitalizing on that yet. So I tried to write this song as Bowie ripping off Lou Reed."
As previously reported, Stardust is set in 1971 and follows a 24-year-old Bowie as he heads out on his first tour in America with the struggling publicist Ron Oberman (Marc Maron). Jena Malone stars as Bowie's wife Angie.
Earlier this year, we got our first taste of the forthcoming film with a clip that sees Maron and Flynn in a brief dialogue about Bowie's early career.
So far, Stardust has no firm release date.