First look at Sex Pistols miniseries by filmmaker Danny Boyle

Friday, March 5

By Ciarán Mather

Some new images have been released online for Pistol, an upcoming FX biopic miniseries by renowned film-maker Danny Boyle which will chronicle the controversial punk-rock band The Sex Pistols.

Pistol is based on the Steve Jones memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol and was created by Craig Pearce, who also co-wrote it alongside Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Jones will also serve as an executive producer for the series.

The cast portraying the Anarchy in the UK rockers will include Toby Wallace as Steve Jones, Christian Lees as bassist Glen Matlock, Anson Boon as singer John Lydon, Louis Partridge as bassist Sid Vicious, and Jacob Slater as drummer Paul Cook.

Other confirmed actors who will appear in the series include The Queen's Gambit actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster as music manager Malcolm McLaren, Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams as Pamela 'Jordan' Rooke, The Witcher's Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen and model Iris Law as fellow punk singer Soo Catwoman.

Although The Sex Pistols were only together for two and a half years, their unapologetic and provocative style made them cult-icons in the punk-rock scene: a legacy which has been intact since the 1970s.

The Rolling Stone previously placed them No. 58 on its 2004 list of the '100 Greatest Artists of All Time.'

The tumultuous relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen was previously adapted into the 1986 film Sid and Nancy, which starred a young Gary Oldman as the troubled rockstar.

Danny Boyle was also previously attached to direct the long-delayed Bond film No Time to Die before leaving due to creative differences.

Given that Boyle is well-known for dabbling in different genres, ranging from dramas such as The Beach and Slumdog Millionaire, to sci-fi (Sunshine), black-comedy (Trainspotting and its sequel) and horror (28 Days Later), it will be interesting to see how this project will turn out.

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