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Johnny Flynn is a pre-Ziggy David Bowie in first trailer for Stardust

David Bowie: style icon, musical genius, and a man who could seemingly reinvent himself at will. But what was the story before even Ziggy Stardust was a twinkle in the Life on Mars singer’s eye? 

That’s the subject of a new biopic, starring Johnny Flynn as a 24-year-old David Bowie, and we’ve just had our first look at the film courtesy of a new Stardust trailer.

Stardust, which doesn’t have rights to Bowie’s music, nor the blessing of his estate, follows Bowie as his post-Space Oddity success wanes and his attempts to crack America prove futile. But he’s got one last hope: Mercury Records publicist Rob Oberman (Marc Meron).

Following on in the fancy footsteps of the likes of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman was always going to be a tough gig, though Stardust will hit the right notes for many of Bowie’s fans, even without the music.

For one thing, Flynn – a singer in his own right – nails Bowie’s shy charm and mannerisms and the playful mystery of a man obscured by his multiple personas. He might not be in the running for any Best Actor nods, but it’s an able recreation of the singer.

Then comes the persona: Ziggy Stardust. The Stardust trailer merely hints at the iconic transformation, but you won’t have to wait long to find out the full story – the film hits video-on-demand services and some select theatres on November 25.

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Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.