Roger Daltrey insists Keith Moon biopic will be antithesis of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Gregory Wakeman
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The Who rock group in concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley. Pictured is drummer Keith Moon smoking a cigarette in the back of a car. 24th October 1975. (Photo by Sunday Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

The Who singer Roger Daltrey has taken a swipe at Bohemian Rhapsody insisting that a planned biopic on his former band-mate Keith Moon will be the antithesis of the Best Picture winner.

Daltrey has been trying to get a film about the life of the infamously debaucherous Who drummer, who died in 1978 at the age of just 32, made since 2013. The film is still being written, but Daltrey has already declared that when it does make it to the big-screen it will be “the antithesis of Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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Daltrey will probably be hoping that it is half as successful as the Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic, which went on to gross nearly over £715 million ($903.7 million) worldwide, and won four Academy Awards, despite the fact that it received mixed reviews.

Roger Daltrey of The Who performs at Desert Trip music festival at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The Who front-man recently provided an update on the long-touted Moon biopic, although he made it clear that he doesn’t wanted to be restricted by that genre.

“I am definitely making the film about Keith when I get the right script,” Daltrey explained, according to Metro. “I don’t want to make a biopic. I want a drama where Keith is the central character.”

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“I never met anyone like him in my life and I don’t think I ever will, and you should all be grateful for that. He was wonderful but dangerous and very frustrating. He was an uncontrolled genius, completely out of control.”

Back in August, 2018, Daltrey told BBC6 Music, via Ultimate Classic Rock, that he was still in the hunt for the perfect actor to play Moon, noting that his decision would “be very, very dependent on the actor and the actor’s eyes.”

“Because you’ve got to cast it completely from the eyes because Moon had extraordinary eyes.”