Director Danny Boyles’ Sex Pistols series begins principal photography

3 March 2021

Principal photography has begun on director Danny Boyles’ TV series ‘Pistol’, a six episode series about the legendary Sex Pistol guitarist Steve Jones. The series is based on Jones’ book ‘Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol’.

Director Danny Boyle told MetalTalk: “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.

“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 and listen…and everyone feared them or followed them.

“The Sex Pistols. At its center 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.”

Photo take from the film Pistol, the Sex Pistols' story
Pistol. Photo: Miya Mizuno/FX

Pistol cast

‘Pistol’ was originally cast with: Toby Wallace (Babyteeth, Acute Misfortune) as Steve Jones, Anson Boon (Crawl, 1917, Blackbird) as John Lydon, Louis Partridge (Enola Homes, Medici) as Sid Vicious and Jacob Slater as Paul Cook.

This morning it was announced that they would be joined by: Thomas-Brodie Sangster (The Queen’s Gambit, Game of Thrones) as Malcolm McLaren and Tallulah Riley (Westworld) as Vivienne Westwood.

Christian Lees (Sun Records) also joins the cast as Glen Matlock and Iris Law makes her screen debut as Soo Catwoman.

Nick Grad, President of Original Programming at FX Entertainment told us: “It is 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 center of the storm that shook the Rock establishment and we are 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.”

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