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Bust out your Aqua Net and eyeliner: “The Dirt,” Netflix’s brand-new biopic about legendary ’80s pop-metal band Mötley Crüe, is coming to a TV near you on March 22.
The movie’s based on “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” an autobiography by the band members and rock journalist Neil Strauss. It tells the familiar rock ‘n roll story: Rising from the buzzing L.A. rock scene, the band reaches the pinnacle of fame and excess before everything begins to fall apart.
Heavy drinking, drugs, a horrifying car wreck, debilitating illness and thousands of screaming fans — this trailer has it all:
The cast includes Daniel Webber as singer Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx and “Game of Thrones” star Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars. It also features Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee, the group’s flamboyant drummer.
You’ll glimpse Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” as well, playing record exec Tom Zutaut. David Costabile, familiar from “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad” and loads of other good stuff, will portray Crüe manager, Doc McGhee.
“The Dirt” is directed by Jeff Tremaine, a name familiar from the “Jackass” TV series, movies and various spin-offs. Clearly, he has a lot of experience wrangling young men with a self-destructive streak.
It comes hot on the Adidas-clad heels of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Academy Award-nominated film about classic rock giants Queen and the band’s late lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek, who played Mercury in the movie, has earned a slew of award season attention for his portrayal of the famous frontman. Most recently, Malek took home the Oscar for Best Actor for the role.
And there are even more music-inspired films on the way. Next up is “Rocketman,” another rock biopic, this time about Elton John, of course. British actor Taron Egerton portrays the glittery, bespectacled king of piano pop. The movie follows as John navigates the early days of his career and deals with the toll of rising stardom. Bonus: Egerton, who dons prosthetic teeth and big glasses for the role, actually sings the songs!
Here’s the official trailer for that movie, too:
Keep on rockin’, 2019!
Which of these rock biopics will you watch next?