Robbie Williams getting "fantastical" biopic from Greatest Showman director

Sam Warner
·2-min read

From Digital Spy

Robbie Williams is the latest music star to get the biopic treatment.

Yep, the former Take That singer-turned-solo superstar is set to get his own movie from The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey.

Better Man – which is written by Gracey, Oliver Cole and Simon Gleeson – will tell the story of the 'Angels' singer's rise and the experiences that made him who he is, exploring both the highs and lows of his life.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

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The movie will take a "fantastical" approach, according to Gracey, and will include many of Robbie's hits with the popstar singing the tracks – though how he's represented on screen (and whether Robbie himself will appear) remains under wraps.

"It's this fantastical story, and I want to represent it in its harsh reality all the way to these moments of pure fantasy," the director told Deadline.

Gracey explained that it will be different to recent musical hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman in that it will tell the story of an "everyman" rather than someone born a musical prodigy.

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Photo credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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As for the songs, the director added: "All Robbie's songs will be re-sung, for the emotion of the moment. If in his life he's in the depths of despair, he's not going to sing a song as cabaret flamboyant showmanship – it's going to be broken, acapella, stripped down, because that's where he is emotionally.

"In moments of pure joy, you'll get songs sung in this whirlwind of hysteria. So essentially every song in the film, Robbie will sing, but it will be performed for the emotion of that moment, and that scene."

Robbie's biopic comes hot on the heels of a separate Take That movie in the works called Greatest Days, which emerged after the group's musical The Band toured the UK.

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