Monday, 20 July 2015

Jonathan Rhys Meyers set to play Joe Strummer in London Town

While the The Clash have been featured on film before, it has either been in documentaries or in fiction/rockumentary blend Rude Boy (1980), which they distanced themselves from before its release. Now news arrives via Screen International that the punk rock group are set for another blend of fact and fiction with London Town, which sees Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point) as The Clash front man Joe Strummer.

Derick Borte (The Joneses) is busy directing the film now in London, working from a script by Kirsten Sheridan (In America), Sonya Gildea and Matthew Brown. It will follow the story of a 14-year-old (Daniel Huttlestone) in 1970s London whose life is changed forever when his estranged mother (Natascha McElhone) introduces him to the music of the Clash.

Whether this one will have an easier ride than Rude Boy is not yet clear, though Screen International reports that the film has secured the rights to a number of their hits, so the music should be authentic at least. 

The cameras will be rolling until the end of the month, but there is no sign of a release date yet.

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