Maisie Williams, Toby Wallace among cast for Danny Boyle's Sex Pistols FX series
Boyle will executive produce and direct Pistol, an upcoming six-episode limited series for FX about Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, based on Jones' 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.
FX has already found actors for the Sex Pistols. Toby Wallace (Babyteeth) will portray Jones; Anson Boon (Blackbird) will play singer John Lydon; Louis Patridge (Enola Holmes) will play bassist Sid Vicious; Jacob Slater will play drummer Paul Cook; Fabien Frankel (The Serpent) will play bass guitarist Glen Matlock; and Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) will play Wally Nightingale, who founded the band The Strand with Cook and Jones that would eventually become the Sex Pistols.
Game of Thrones and The New Mutants star Maisie Williams will play Pamela Rooke, a.k.a. punk icon Jordan. The main cast will also include Sydney Chandler (Don't Worry Darling) as Chrissie Hynde and Emma Appleton (The Witcher) as Nancy Spungen.
Pistol promises to take viewers through West London's council estates and Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's notorious Kings Road SEX shop, while tackling the international controversy that came with the release of the album Never Mind the Bollocks.
"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," Boyle said in a statement. "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 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."
The series was created by executive producer Craig Pearce and is written Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.