Based on guitarist Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol. The limited FX series has lined up a solid cast including Game Of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams, who will play punk icon Jordan (aka Pamela Rooke), and Babyteeth‘s Toby Wallace as Jones.
The series will move throughout Jones’ life, from the Shepherd’s Bush council estates where he grew up, to the global controversy that came with the release of Never Mind The Bollocks and the release of tracks such as God Save The Queen.
In the first image from the series, Wallace appears to be an uncanny fit as Jones, alongside Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious and newcomer Jacob Slater as drummer Paul Cook.
It has also been confirmed today (March 3rd) that Thomas Brodie-Sangster will star as legendary Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, while smoke show Talulah Riley will tackle the role of design icon Vivienne Westwood.
Boyle, who serves as director and executive producer, described the Pistols’ breakthrough as –
“The moment that British society and culture changed forever.”
“Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent. This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever.”
“It is the detonation point for British street culture… where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion… and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols.
“At its center was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there,”
Pistol, which has been created for TV by Craig Pearce (The Great Gatsby) and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell-Boyce (24 Hour Party People), will begin filming on March 7th.