Robbie Williams will reportedly be portrayed by a CGI monkey in upcoming biopic about his life

Publish Date
Friday, 5 March 2021, 8:05PM

Following the likes of Freddie Mercury and Elton John having their life's story told in feature-length films, Robbie Williams is now getting his own biopic.

The film from The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey will tell the coming-of-age story of the 'Let Me Entertain You' hitmaker - who first rose to fame aged 16 as a singer with boyband Take That and then as a solo artist.

But while it was previously unclear how the singer would appear on screen, it is now being reported that Williams will bizarrely be portrayed by a CGI monkey.

Last week, Gracey would not reveal anything about the portrayal other than it will be done "in a really original way".

"As for how we represent Robbie in the film, that bit is top secret," Gracey told Deadline.

"I want to do this in a really original way. 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.'

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"I just want the audience to have that feeling. It's so important when they watch this story, and look at the screen, that they literally think, I've never seen this before."

"It's this fantastical story, and I want to represent it in its harsh reality all the way to these moments of pure fantasy," Gracey explained.

Titled Better Man, the movie will be based on conversations that Gracey, who also co-wrote the script, has had with Williams himself.

The film will feature some of the 47-year-old's hit songs, including 'Rock DJ' and 'Angels', but will be re-recorded "for the emotion of the moment."

Production is expected to begin this summer.

We just can't wait to see a CGI monkey belt out 'Angels', to be honest.