Let him entertain you: Robbie Williams is to be given his personal biopic, helmed by The Biggest Showman director Michael Gracey. Higher Man, co-written by Gracey, Oliver Cole and Simon Gleeson, follows the previous Take That singer’s ascent to stardom – in addition to his offstage challenges.
The movie is ready to enter manufacturing this summer season. Chatting with Deadline, Gracey mentioned that it emerged from conversations he’d had with Williams himself. The singer’s hits shall be a part of the movie, although the director was reticent on the main points, or whether or not Williams would seem – and if not, who would play the singer.
“All I can say,” the director added, “is that the strategy is top-secret… It’s this fantastical story, and I wish to characterize it in its harsh actuality, all the way in which to those moments of pure fantasy.”
Williams got here to fame in Take That, however broke followers’ hearts when he left the band in 1995. He went on to turn into a profitable solo artist, with 11 out of 12 of his studio albums hitting primary within the charts, and having a string of main hits equivalent to Angels and Let Me Entertain You.
He subsequently reunited along with his bandmates to file the album Progress in 2010 and embark on a stadium tour, and likewise collaborated with Gary Barlow on West Finish musical The Band. He left Take That for a second time in 2012.
Gracey differentiated the forthcoming movie from biopics of musical prodigies equivalent to Freddie Mercury and Elton John in, respectively, Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. As an alternative, Gracey mentioned that Williams is “that everyman who dreamed massive and adopted these goals, they usually took him to an unimaginable place.” He described it as a “relatable story” about somebody who isn’t “the very best singer, or dancer, and but managed to promote 80 million data worldwide”.