As principal photography begins in London on Danny Boyle’s Pistol’, the six-episode FX limited series about the legendary Sex Pistol guitarist Steve Jones. a first look image has been released alongside the announcement that Thomas Brodie-Sangster has joined the cast.
Brodie-Sangster will play Malcolm McLaren, another cast member has announced with Talulah Riley, who will take on the role of Vivienne Westwood.
The series will be based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, Boyle will also serve as executive producer.
The series moves from West London’s council estates to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’, which is frequently listed as one of the most influential albums of all time. Their single “God Save the Queen” was 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, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot. For the only time in chart history, the track was listed as a blank, to avoid offence to the monarchy.
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Toby Wallace (Babyteeth, Acute Misfortune) will take on the role of Steve Jones, Anson Boon (Crawl, 1917, Blackbird) will play John Lydon, Louis Partridge (Enola Homes, Medici) is Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater is Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel (The Serpent, NYPD Blue) as Glen Matlock, Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) as Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler (Don’t Worry Darling) as Chrissie Hynde, Emma Appleton (The Witcher, Traitors) as Nancy Spungen, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as punk icon Jordan.
Slated to air in 2022 on FX on Hulu, the series will faithfully capture the story of the Sex Pistols, the British-born, anti-establishment musical icons.