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First look at Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols TV drama revealed as production begins

The drama is set to arrive on FX in 2022 (Picture: PA/REX)

The first look at Danny Boyle’s upcoming Sex Pistols TV drama has been revealed, as principal photography begins on the new series.

The new picture from the upcoming FX drama, simply named Pistol, shows stars taking to the stage in character as the hugely influential punk band for the first time.

The show will tell the Sex Pistols story, from the band’s early days in West London, to their rise to fame and connection with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s infamous Kings Road SEX shop.

The controversy surrounding their debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks, will also be a key feature of the new series. Their single God Save the Queen was famously banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart.

Pistol is based on the memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol by Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.

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Danny acts as director and executive producer on the project, which was created and co-written by Craig Pearce. The script was also co-written by Frank Cottrell Boyce.


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The series will be based on Steve Jones’ memoir (Picture: Richard Young/REX)

There’s new casting news too, with Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Talulah Riley joining the drama as Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.

They join the previously announced cast members – Babyteeth’s Toby Wallace as Steve Jones, 1917’s Anson Boon as John Lydon, Enola Homes’ Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious and Jacob Slater as Paul Cook. Christian Lees also joins the cast as original bass player Glen Matlock.

It was previously announced that Game of Thrones favourite Maisie Williams is taking part in the series, joining as punk model Pamela Rooke.

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Maisie Williams is one of the stars taking part in the series (Picture: Rob Latour/REX)

‘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,’ Trainspotting filmmaker Danny said about the series.

‘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 and listen, and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols.’

He added: ‘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.’

Pistol has yet to receive a release date, although it is expected to arrive in 2022.

Credit: Original article published here.

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