Best known for directing classic films like Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, and Steve Jobs, Danny Boyle’s passion for storytelling exudes in every project he touches. Following his Beatles-laced romantic comedy Yesterday, the director is looking to shine a light on another British-based band, the Sex Pistols. As first reported by Variety, a series about the band is in the works at FX with Maisie Williams attached to star.
The six-episode limited drama series is based on guitarist Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol. Boyle will direct and executive produce the series, which is titled Pistol. Moreover, Babyteeth actor Toby Wallace will portray Steve Jones in the series while Williams will embody the role of punk icon Jordan Mooney. Additionally, the series will be co-written by Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge!) and Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People).
The ensemble cast will also feature Anson Boon (Crawl) as Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge (Enola Holmes) as Sid Vicious, Fabien Frankel (The Serpent) as Glen Matlock, and newcomer Jacob Slater as Paul Cook. Other notable figures from the punk era in England appearing in the series include Wally Nightingale, Chrissie Hynde, and Nancy Spungen, portrayed by Dylan Llewellyn, Sydney Chandler, and Emma Appleton, respectively.
In a statement, Nick Grad, president of original programming at FX Entertainment, expresses his excitement for the limited series.
“It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle,” says Grad. “Steve Jones was at the center of the storm that shook the rock establishment. And we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands.”
Maisie Williams rose to fame thanks to her award-winning role of Arya Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Recently, the actress starred alongside Anya Taylor-Joy and Charlie Heaton in The New Mutants. Additionally, Williams touts a starring role in the HBO Max mini-series Two Weeks to Live. Meanwhile, Toby Wallace is an Australian actor last appearing in Netflix’s The Society. He also appears alongside Ben Mendelsohn in the 2019 indie comedy Babyteeth.
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