We have a couple of stills from Danny Boyle’s six-part limited series that’s based on the lives of the Sex Pistols and their legendary guitarist Steve Jones.
The first is above, the second just below. We’re not really seeing Rotten there, but hopefully the illusion will be better once they’re in motion.
If you happen to have read Jones’ autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol (it’s an absolute cracker), then you’ll know that there’s a whole lot of life there to draw from.
It’s quite a step from The Beatles in the rather more fictional Yesterday to the awesome British punk scene (and beyond), but Boyle’s creations have almost always been eminently watchable.
Simply entitled Pistol, amongst others the series is set to star Toby Wallace (who we’ve recently seen in Aussie black comedy Babyteeth) as Jones, Anson Boon (Crawl) as Johnny Rotten/Lydon, Louis Partridge (Enola Holmes) as Sid Vicious, newcomer Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel (Last Christmas) as Glen Matlock and Maisie Williams as the infamous Jordan, who was known as “the face of punk” (and, fun fact, is now a veterinary nurse).
The official word goes like this: “Pistol is a six-episode limited series about a rock and roll revolution. The furious, raging storm at the centre of this revolution is the Sex Pistols – and at the centre of this series is Sex Pistols’ founding member and guitarist, Steve Jones. Jones’ hilarious, emotional and at times heart-breaking journey guides us through a kaleidoscopic telling of three of the most epic, chaotic and mucus-spattered years in the history of music. This is the story of a band of spotty, noisy, working class kids with ‘no future’, who shook the boring, corrupt establishment to its core, threatened to bring down the government and changed music and culture forever.”
Pistol is set to hit screens from May 31.
While we wait for a trailer, here’s a bit of fun – the Sex Pistols’ debut TV appearance: