‘He’s worried he’ll look foolish for hyping it up’: Robbie Williams ‘is struggling to find an actor to play a younger version of himself in upcoming biopic Better Man’
Robbie Williams is reportedly struggling to find an actor who can play a younger version of himself in his planned biopic.
The team behind the Michael Gracey-directed flick, titled Better Man, has been holding auditions to find the perfect person for the part but they haven’t yet found a match.
An insider told the Mirror: ‘Michael and Robbie held top-secret auditions to find a star to play the young Robbie recently.
Concerns: Robbie Williams, 48, is reportedly struggling to find an actor who can play a younger version of himself in his planned biopic
‘They didn’t meet anyone they were confident could pull it off.
‘Robbie is stunned at how difficult the project has been to get made. And now he’s starting to worry it’s never going to make it to the big screen and he’ll look foolish for hyping it up.’
However, the project isn’t on hold – Robbie, 48, is set to jet to Australia soon to film a concert for the movie.
Star search: The team behind the Michael Gracey-directed flick, titled Better Man, has been holding auditions to find the perfect person but they haven’t yet found a match (pictured 1996)
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Robbie for comment.
The project will follow the singer on his rise to the fame and the demons he battled both on and off the stage.
Sources say Hollywood is excited about the movie following the success of other singer’s lives captured on film such as Elton John’s Rocketman and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
His life in picture: The film follows the singer on his rise to the fame and the demons he battled both on and off the stage (pictured at the BRITs in 1999)
Insiders believe it could help Robbie crack America, after struggling to make it big across the pond – despite success in Europe when he first went solo after leaving Take That.
A source previously told the Mirror: ‘Early indications are that it may really cut through to US audiences, not least as the people in place on it have such pedigree.
‘Movie chiefs think the script – essentially a stirring story about an underdog catapulted to fame – will really resonate with people, even those in America who may not know much about Robbie himself.’
Career: Robbie found fame as a teenager as a member of Take That and found wider success when he went solo in 1996
Directed and co-written by Victorian filmmaker Michael, the film will offer an introspective look into the experiences that shaped the English entertainer, both on and off stage.
It was announced in December, producers would begin filming at Docklands Studios in Melbourne in early 2022.
‘To tell Robbie William’s beautiful, distinct story, back home, in my own city, is a dream come true,’ Gracey said in a statement.
‘There is a creative energy that burns across the Melbourne film industry, and I know this movie will thrive here.’
Michael said the film will not be like Rocketman or Bohemian Rhapsody, which were about musical prodigies that the world had to catch up to.
He described Robbie as an ‘everyman’ who has an ‘incredibly relatable story’ about following your dreams.
Robbie found fame as a teenager as a member of Take That and found wider success when he went solo in 1996.
Michael confirmed Robbie’s music will be re-recorded for the film and producers will be looking for a studio to buy the movie at the upcoming European Film Market event.
Fame game: (Clockwise L-R) Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie all performed together in Take That (pictured 1992)
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