By Jordan Peterson | @movieminsreviews
When they started this band, all they needed was a laugh. Now years have gone by and they’re still kicking ass. I of course am speaking of 80’s hair metal outfit Motley Crüe who are currently revving up pre-production on their long-awaited biopic entitled The Dirt, based off their collaborative autobiography of the same name.
It now appears the project has found its rock stars. Iwan Rheon, who plays Ramsay Bolton in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones, has been tapped to play lead guitarist Mick Mars. Similarly, Daniel Webber, who portrays the traumatized war vet Lewis Wilson in Netflix’s critically acclaimed series The Punisher, has landed the gig of lead vocalist Vince Neil. Rapper-turned-actor Machine Gun Kelly (aka Colson Baker) will portray tatted drummer Tommy Lee. Lastly, British actor Douglas Booth will take on the role of bassist Nikki Six. Booth is no stranger to portraying rock figures, having previously performed as Boy George for the BBC film Worries About the Boy.
This is good news for metalheads. The project initially spent years bouncing between studios before landing a permanent gig at Netflix back in March of 2017. As of now there is no set release date; however, with plans to kickstart principal photography next month and judging by Netflix’s typically short turnaround rate as well as their ambitious goal to put out 80 original films in 2018, it’s probably safe to say The Dirt will drop sometime towards the end of the year.
Jeff Tremaine of Jackass and Bad Grandpa fame will helm the sex, drugs, and rock n roll-laden project.