“Stardust” will examine the life of Bowie before he became one of the most iconic artists in the history of music. The drama is set in 1971, when Bowie was 24 and journeying on his first trip to America with his struggling publicist Ron Oberman, played by Marc Maron. During this period, Bowie created his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, a turning point in his legendary career that marked the beginning of his meteoric rise.
Johnny Flynn, singer and songwriter for the band Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, will portray Bowie. His previous acting credits include Autumn de Wilde’s “Emma” from earlier this year, “Beast” in 2017, the 2014 drama “Clouds of Sils Maria” and more.
Fellow cast members include Maron, Aaron Poole as Bowie’s guitarist Mick Ronson, Roanna Cocharne, Jorja Cadence, Annie Briggs, Ryan Blakley and Jena Malone as Angie Bowie, the artist’s ex-wife.
Filming took place in July 2019 in Toronto and the U.S., and the production wrapped in September 2019. “Stardust” was originally supposed to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020, but the fest was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. IFC Films obtained the North American distribution rights to the film, while international rights have been licensed to other distributors through Film Constellation.
Bowie died on January 10, 2016, and has gone down as one of the world’s most influential artists and pop culture icons. He sold more than 100 million records during his lifetime, making him one of the all-time best-selling musicians. His final album “Blackstar,” which released two days before his death, won five Grammy awards in 2017.
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