British singer Robbie Williams is getting his own biopic, writes Deadline Monday. The film Better Man is directed by Michael Gracey, previously The Greatest Showman made.
The film will be about Williams’s highs and lows and how he dealt with his celebrity at a young age. As a sixteen-year-old, the singer was a member of the successful boy group Take That. After a fierce argument, he left the group to pursue a solo career.
The exact story of the film is not yet known. It is also not clear who will play Williams. Gracey does not want to say anything about that to the film site. The director says he has been talking to the for years Angelssinger about a story.
The title Better Man is a reference to Williams’ 2001 song of the same name. Production on the film will begin this summer. It is not yet known when it will appear.
‘Robbie is the ordinary man’
The director promises a different biopic than the recent biographical films Bohemian Rhapsody in Rocketman about Freddie Mercury and Elton John respectively. According to Gracey, this is because Williams had a different life course from those singers, who were “themselves musical geniuses”. “Robbie, on the other hand, is that common man who always thought big and followed his dreams. That’s his fantastic story. He’s not the best singer or dancer, but he managed to sell 80 million records worldwide,” said Gracey.
The outspoken singer is very successful in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia, among others. Last year he was with seven songs in the NPO Radio 2 Top 2000.