It has been announced this week that a biopic about The Who drummer Keith Moon will be shooting in summer 2022.


The new film project, which is provisionally called The Real Me after the Quadrophenia song, will be executive produced by The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

Paul Whittington of The Crown and White House Farm is set to direct the new project whilst British screenwriter Jeff Pope will write the script, as the LA-based White Horse Pictures has set about the tricky task of casting for the iconic role.

Moon was the drummer for The Who between 1964 and 1978 when he died from an overdose of Heminevrin, a drug used to treat and prevent symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Passing away at the age of 32, the drummer has since become a legend of the industry, as well as an illustrative example of the insanity of the music industry in the 70s.

It’s still undetermined who will play Moon, although The Who frontman Daltrey has previously said the casting will need to be very specific – and will need to be based on the actor’s eyes.

Speaking to BBC 6Music’s Matt Everitt back in 2018, Daltrey said:

“I’ve got to find a Keith Moon,”

“It’s going to be very, very dependent on the actor and the actor’s eyes. Because you’ve got to cast it completely from the eyes because Moon had extraordinary eyes.”

When the radio DJ suggested it might be hard to find an actor who could play a musician like Moon, Daltrey replied:

“What makes you think Keith was a fucking musician? He would have said, ‘How dare you, my boy! A musician? I’m a fucking drummer!’”

“They didn’t really know Keith. I don’t know whether anybody outside the band really got to know him like we did. He was a strange bunch of people.”


Having been in the pipeline for a number of years, it appears as though the wheels are finally in motion for the film to be released in 2023, with the project due to capture Moon’s larger-than-life personality and extraordinary talent.

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