Movie Stars Johnny Flynn As Ziggy

David Bowie is getting the big-screen treatment with the upcoming Stardust. And as the movie edges closer to release, we finally get a proper teaser.

The upcoming film, which the producers insist is not a biopic, focuses on Bowie’s transformation into Ziggy Stardust in the early ’70s. Writer and director Gabriel Range said in a statement –

“I set out to make a film about what makes someone become an artist; what actually drives them to make their art.”

Stardust stars Johnny Flynn as Bowie, the film was slated to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, but with that event now postponed, the film is getting an online premiere today.

A Stardust micro-site is set to premiere the film following an online event at 4 p.m. ET via Zoom. The event will feature both Range and Flynn, along with cast members Marc Maron and Jena Malone, and it will be followed by a screening of the film.

But since the online screening is only available to distribution executives and certain press people, we can only offer the next best thing, which is a clip from Stardust

In the clip, Bowie doubts whether his third album will be a success in the United States, and seeks reassurance from his publicist, as the film depicts the eventual birth of his alter-ego Ziggy.

Unfortunately, we won’t be getting any of Bowie’s iconic tunes in the film, after the singer’s family distanced itself entirely from the upcoming project. His son Duncan Jones confirmed the biopic is unauthorised and won’t feature any of his dad’s music in it. He tweeted last year –

“Pretty certain nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic… I would know. I’m not saying this movie is not happening. I honestly wouldn’t know. I’m saying that as it stands, this movie won’t have any of dad’s music in it, & I can’t imagine that changing.”

“If you want to see a biopic without his music or the [family’s] blessing, that’s up to the audience.”

A nationwide release date is yet to be confirmed.