Danny Boyle to direct Sex Pistols TV series

This will be the first TV series from the director since he helmed three episodes of abduction drama Trust in 2018.

Danny Boyle is to direct a six-part limited series about iconic British punk band The Sex Pistol for US network FX. 

Titled simply Pistol, the show will be based on former guitarist Steve Jones’s memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.  

Anson Boon will star as lead singer John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten, Enola Holmes’ Louis Partridge will play bassist Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater has been cast as drummer Paul Cook and Babyteeth’s Toby Wallace will play Jones. 

Other main cast members include Maisie Williams as model Pamela Rooke, known as the “face of punk” for her hugely influential style, The Witcher’s Emma Appleton as Vicious's girlfriend Nancy Spungen and Sydney Chandler as The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hyde.

Filming is due to begin this March and the show will be written by Craig Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce, whose previous credits include 2013’s The Great Gatsby and Boyle’s comedy-drama Millions

Pistol doesn’t yet have a set UK broadcaster but there’s a high chance it could be headed to the BBC like other popular FX shows Atlanta, What We Do in the Shadows and The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.  

Despite only being together for two and a half years, The Sex Pistols are infamous for being one of the most controversial bands of all time. 

They are credited with introducing the punk movement in the UK and their 1977 single God Save The Queen was labelled as “the most censored song in history” after being banned by almost every radio station including the BBC. 

A release date for Pistol is currently unknown. 

Source: Empire 

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