- 23 Feb 21
Robbie Williams was born in Stoke-on-Trent, and shot to global stardom as part of Take That.
Pop artist Robbie Williams is set to entertain the masses with a biopic on his life and career, to be directed Michael Gracey.
The film, titled Better Man, will be a fantastical coming-of-age story which plots the rise of the former Take That singer, according to Deadline.
Director Michael Gracey is best known for his 2017 hit musical flick The Greatest Showman, and has said that the film will explore Robbie's 'demons',
Robbie's hit songs will feature in the movie, but details have yet to emerge regarding how the 47-year-old will be portrayed on screen.
"As for how we represent Robbie in the film, that bit is top secret. I want to do this in a really original way," Gracey commented. "It's this fantastical story, and I want to represent it in its harsh reality all the way to these moments of pure fantasy."
"I remember going to the cinema as a kid and there were films that blew me away and made me say as I sat there in the cinema, 'I've never seen this before.' I just want the audience to have that feeling. Unlike some people who were born prodigies or musical geniuses and you follow the narrative of the world catching up to their brilliance, this isn’t that story,” the Australian director said.
“Robbie is that Everyman, who just dreamed big and followed those dreams and they took him to an incredible place. Because of that, his is an incredibly relatable story. He’s not the best singer, or dancer, and yet, he managed to sell 80 million records worldwide."
Gracey added Williams’ songs will be “re-sung, for the emotion of the moment.”
After leaving Take That in 1995, Williams forged a hugely successful solo career with huge hits, including 'Angels', 'Come Undone', 'Rock DJ', 'Candy', 'Feel' and 'Supreme'.
He married Ayda Field in 2010 and now has four children.