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Anson Boon transforms into Johnny Rotten as he joins co-stars to film Sex Pistols drama

Anson Boon transforms into Johnny Rotten as he joins co-stars to film Sex Pistols drama

He’s set to portray Johnny Rotten, verdadero name John Lydon, in Danny Boyle’s new Sex Pistols drama.

And Anson Boon transformed into the punk rocker as he was pictured for the first time with his co-stars on set to film the hotly-anticipated show, Pistol, on Wednesday.

The actor, 21, sported Johnny’s signature fiery red hair as he got stuck into filming duties with his on-screen bandmates. 

It's the Sex Pistols! Anson Boon, centre, transformed into Johnny Rotten as he was pictured for the first time with his co-stars on set to film the hotly-anticipated show, Pistol, on Wednesday

It’s the Sex Pistols! Anson Boon, centre, transformed into Johnny Rotten as he was pictured for the first time with his co-stars on set to film the hotly-anticipated show, Pistol, on Wednesday

Pistols, set for release next year, is based on the legendary rock band – consisting of Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious – and their rise to fame in the 1970s.

In the TV series, Anson will play Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge will portray bassist Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater will star as drummer Paul Cook and Toby Wallace will portray guitarist Steve Jones, with the foursome all pictured together on set.     

The cast looked in good spirits as they appeared to cause chaos during filming and were joined by film director Danny.  

The set was covered in black bin bags and rubbish which appeared to be a nod at the binmen strike, which took place in 1978 and lasted into 1979.

Busy: The actor, 21,  far left, sported Johnny's signature red hair as he got stuck into filming duties with his on-screen bandmates

Busy: The actor, 21,  far left, sported Johnny’s signature red hair as he got stuck into filming duties with his on-screen bandmates  

The real rockers: Pistols - set for release next year - is based on the legendary rock band - consisting of Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock - and their rise to fame in the 1970s (the band L-R minus Glen Matlock pictured in 1978)

The verdadero rockers: Pistols – set for release next year – is based on the legendary rock band – consisting of Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock – and their rise to fame in the 1970s (the band L-R minus Glen Matlock pictured in 1978) 

Roles: In the TV series, Anson will play Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge will portray bassist Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater will star as drummer Paul Cook and Toby Wallace will portray guitarist Steve Jones (Anson, far right, Louis, centre, and Toby, left, pictured in character)

Roles: In the TV series, Anson will play Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge will portray bassist Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater will star as drummer Paul Cook and Toby Wallace will portray guitarist Steve Jones (Anson, far right, Louis, centre, and Toby, left, pictured in character) 

At the time, the country was rocked by widespread strikes which saw rubbish go uncollected in central London during a notorious winter of discontent.  

Earlier this month the star-studded line-up for the drama was revealed, with Iris Law announced to be following in her father Jude and brother Rafferty’s acting footsteps.

The model, 20, is making her screen comienzo as Soo Catwoman, one of the icons of the punk scene who became a rising star in the 1970s, and she joins Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Talulah Riley, and Christian Lees as new cast members in Pistol.

A first look image for the TV series, which is based on the memoir of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, was also revealed following the casting announcement.

Wow: Anson pictured as Johnny Rotten

The real rocker: Johnny Rotten, real name John Lydon, pictured in 1976

Wow: Anson, pictured left in character, and Johnny Rotten, pictured right, in 1976 

Uncanny: Louis pictured as Sid Vicious

The real rocker: Sid Vicious pictured in 1978

Uncanny: Louis, left in character, and bassist Sid Vicious, pictured right in 1978

Character: Toby pictured as Steve Jones

The real rocker: Steve Jones pictured in 1978

Character:  Toby, left in character, and guitarist Steve Jones, pictured right in 1978 

Role: Jacob pictured as drummer Paul Cook

The real rocker: Paul Cook pictured in 1978

Role: Jacob, left in character, and drummer Paul Cook, pictured right  in 1978

Soo Lucas, who dubbed herself Soo Catwoman, is known for her trademark haircut which she created in 1976 to look like she had cat ears.

The hairdo is set to be a very different look for Iris, who usually sports long brunette curls, though she may well wear a wig to emulate Soo’s iconic hairstyle.

Thomas is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, while Talulah will play fashion icon Vivienne Westwood, and Christian will portray the band’s first bass guitarist Glen Matlock.

The six-episode series began principal photography earlier this month, and Danny serves as director and Executive Producer.   

Good spirits: The cast looked in good spirits as they appeared to cause chaos on set and were joined by film director Danny (Anson, centre, Louis, left, and Toby, right, pictured)

Good spirits: The cast looked in good spirits as they appeared to cause chaos on set and were joined by film director Danny (Anson, centre, Louis, left, and Toby, right, pictured) 

Amazing: The six-episode series began principal photography earlier this month, and Danny serves as director and Executive Producer

Amazing: The six-episode series began principal photography earlier this month, and Danny serves as director and Executive Producer 

Filming: The cast were later seen filming car scenes in a retro green MINI

Filming: The cast were later seen filming car scenes in a retro green MINI

Filming: Louis and Anson pictured as their characters Sid Vicious, left, and Johnny Rotten, right

Filming: Louis and Anson pictured as their characters Sid Vicious, left, and Johnny Rotten, right 

Based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the supporting cast also includes Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan as well as Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen.

Anchored by Steve Jones’ memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories, Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Westwood and McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the B******s.

Their single ‘God Save the Queen’ was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot.

Boyle has had an acclaimed TV and movie career. His 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won eight, including the Academy Award for Best Director.

Memoir: Based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, it offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock's greatest ever stories

Memoir: Based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, it offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories 

Premise: Pistol moves from West London's council estates, to Westwood and McLaren's notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the B******s

Premise: Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Westwood and McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the B******s  

Single: The Sex Pistols' single 'God Save the Queen' was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK's NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot

Single: The Sex Pistols’ single ‘God Save the Queen’ was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot 

Set: The set was covered in black bin bags and rubbish which appeared to be a nod at the

Set: The set was covered in black bin bags and rubbish which appeared to be a nod at the binmen strike, which took place from 1978 into 1979 

Notorious: At the time, the country was rocked by widespread strikes which saw rubbish go uncollected in central London during a notorious winter of discontent

Notorious: At the time, the country was rocked by widespread strikes which saw rubbish go uncollected in central London during a notorious winter of discontent

Pictured: Rubbish piled up near London's Soho Square in 1979

Pictured: Rubbish piled up near London’s Soho Square in 1979 

In 2012, Boyle was the artistic director for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was subsequently offered a knighthood as part of the New Year Honours but declined.

In January, Nick Grad, President, Innovador Programming, FX Entertainment, said in a statement: ‘It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series.’ 

‘Steve Jones was at the centre of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.’

Exciting: A first look image for the TV series, which is based on the memoir of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, was revealed following the casting announcement

Exciting: A first look image for the TV series, which is based on the memoir of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, was revealed following the casting announcement

Famous moment: The first-look snap recreated the punk band's infamous God Save The Queen music video (pictured in 1977), with Union flag's pinned up around them

Famous moment: The first-look snap recreated the punk band’s infamous God Save The Queen music video (pictured in 1977), with Union flag’s pinned up around them

Exciting: Iris Law will follow in her father Jude's acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman in Danny Boyle's Pistols drama

Iconic look: Soo Lucas, who dubbed herself Soo Catwoman, is known for her trademark haircut which she created in 1976 to look like she had cat ears

Exciting: Iris Law (L) will follow in her father Jude’s acting footsteps by making her screen comienzo as Soo Catwoman (R) in the Sex Pistols drama

‘Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent,’ added Boyle. ‘This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever.’

‘It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them.’

‘The Sex Pistols. At its centre was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.’

Pistols will be released on FX and Hulu in 2022.

The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (pictured) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

Real-life counterpart: Malcolm pictured in 1978

The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (L) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (pictured right in 1978)

Famous: Jordan pictured in 1977

Starring role: The supporting cast also includes Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan

Starring role: The supporting cast also includes Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan

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