Ex-Pistol featured in Scandi-French co-prod

Punk rock icon Johnny Rotten has been accused of selling out by appearing in a British television commercial for butter and a celebrity reality show.

But now the former lead singer of the Sex Pistols — who now mostly goes by his given name, John Lydon — is to appear as himself in a Scandinavian-French co-prod about growing up in the punk rock era.

“Theory and Practice,” adapted by Norwegian writer Nikolaj Frobenius from his autobiographical book of the same name, starts shooting in Oslo later this month with Jens Lien (“The Bothersome Man”) directing.

Oslo-based producer Christian Fredrik Martin says Lydon’s cameo is likely to create buzz around the project.The story focuses on the relationship between 13-year-old Nikolaj and his free-spirited hippie father after his mother dies. Both discover punk music as an outlet for their grief, but this creates problems for the youngster, who finds it impossible to rebel against a father even more determined to live an unconventional life style.

“We’re aiming at a core audience of 22-25 that has a clear notion of something they were never a part of,” says Martin.

The film, due to be ready just before the Berlin Film Festival next year, will have a soundtrack that includes Sex Pistols hits and tunes from Norwegian punk bands of the time.

French co-producer Antoine Simkine has pre-sold the film to Canal Plus for France.

Lydon has reformed his post-Pistols band Public Image Limited, which is set to play the Coachella music fest in Indio, Calif., later this month.

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