Disney+ has revealed a glimpse of Danny Boyle’s TV series about the Sex Pistols with the release of a new trailer.
Created by Craig Pearce and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce, Pistol is based on guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.
The highly-anticipated six-part series, which explores the rise of the punk band and the rock ‘n’ roll revolution in Britain, will premiere on May 31 on the Disney+ streaming service.
The trailer begins with footage of a slow-paced lifestyle, with people cruising down canals on boats and children running through housing estates, while a voiceover says, “England is awfully boring, nothing ever changes.”
Thomas Brodie-Sangster plays the band’s manager, Malcolm McLaren, and tells the band in the video, “With the right guidance, you could change the world.”
He later adds, “My vision for the Sex Pistols is one of dirt, danger and desire. Whether you can play is not the criterion, but whether you have something to say.
While footage of the rioting and the punk band can be seen outside Buckingham Palace, a spokesman said: “Punk has taken London’s youth by storm.”
The band is later seen on stage against the backdrop of a Union flag as fans clash with police.
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Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams also plays punk model Jordan, who wears a blonde beehive and black PVC dress in the trailer, catching the attention of passers-by.
Sex Pistol guitarist Jones is portrayed by Toby Wallace and singers are played by John Lydon and Anson Boon.
Christian Lees, who played Jerry Lee Lewis on the Sun Records series, plays original Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, Jacob Slater plays drummer Paul Cook, and Louis Partridge plays bassist Sid Vicious, who replaced Matlock after he retired in 1977.
Model Iris Law will play Soo Catwoman, an influential figure on the London punk scene, while Talulah Riley, best known for roles in St Trinian’s and Westworld, will portray punk fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Boyle, whose previous films include Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire, will serve as both director and executive producer.
Pistol, commissioned by US network FX, moves from west London council estates to Westwood and McLaren’s infamous Kings Road sex shop to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind The Bollocks and the band formed in 1975 cemented. as one of the most infamous British outfits of all time.
Last year, members of the Sex Pistols were involved in a High Court dispute over the use of the punk band’s songs in the TV series.
Ex-drummer Cook and guitarist Jones sued the group’s former frontman Johnny Rotten, real name John Lydon, to allow their music to be used in television dramas.
In a ruling, Sir Anthony Mann found that under the terms of a Band Membership Agreement (BMA), the pair were entitled to invoke “majority voting rules” against the ex-singer in relation to the use of Sex Pistols material on the series.
Pistol will premiere on the Disney+ streaming service on May 31.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/new-trailer-offers-glimpse-at-danny-boyles-tv-series-about-the-sex-pistols-41611762.html New trailer offers a glimpse into Danny Boyle’s TV series about the Sex Pistols