Nearly two years after the casting was announced, Stardust, the movie about David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust era, has arrived.
Johnny Flynn was tapped to play the icon in early 2019, and according to the official trailer, it appears as if the actor visually does the glam rock musician justice in the film. A first look was revealed in August 2019, where he donned the musician’s signature (at the time) long blond locks.
The film takes place in 1971, just before a major turning point in Bowie’s career. At the time, Bowie was just 24 years old and planning his first trip to America, and with the help of his publicist Ron Oberman (played by Marc Maron in the film), he created his iconic Ziggy Stardust persona.
Jena Malone appears in the film as Bowie’s first wife Angie, and Aaron Poole appears as his guitarist Mick Ronson.
But not everyone is happy about the fact that this movie exists. Duncan Jones, son of David and Angie Bowie, and filmmaker did not give his blessing for Stardust, according to an early 2019 tweet in which he said, “As it stands, this movie won’t have any of dads music in it, & I can’t imagine that changing.”
It’s hard to imagine what a film about David Bowie would look like (or sound like) without the use of any David Bowie songs, but the film will hit theaters and Video On Demand on November 25th, so we’ll have to wait until then to see if any of this even works.