Production begins on Robbie Williams’ big budget biopic Better Man in Melbourne as the cast for the ‘musical fantasy’ is unveiled

He is one of the entertainment world’s biggest selling artists of all time.

And now Robbie Williams, 48, will star as himself in a new movie called Better Man which covers his incredible rise to fame from boy band heart-throb to stadium superstar.

Production has begun on the big budget biopic – billed as ‘a musical fantasy’ – which is being made in Melbourne by Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey who directed the box-office smash The Greatest Showman, reports Variety Australia.

Hit Maker: Robbie Williams, 48, will star as himself in a new movie called Better Man which covers his incredible rise to fame from Boy Band heart-throb to stadium superstar. Robbie is pictured at the 30th Annual ARIA Awards in Sydney, 2016

British actor Jonno Davies, 29, best known for the Amazon Prime series Hunters, will play Robbie as a younger man.

Other members of the cast include Australian actors Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby), Damon Herriman (Mr InBetween), and filmmaker-actor Anthony Hayes, whose feature film Gold is currently streaming on Stan. 

Robbie first rose to fame in the all boy band Take That, before launching a successful solo career in 1996. A string of UK hit singles and albums followed.

In 2006 Robbie made it into the Guinness Book of World Records after he sold 1.6million concert tickets in a single day.

From pop star to screen icon: Better Man is billed as 'a musical fantasy' and is being made in Melbourne by Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey who directed the box-office smash The Greatest Showman. Pictured: Robbie in Sydney in 2016

From pop star to screen icon: Better Man is billed as ‘a musical fantasy’ and is being made in Melbourne by Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey who directed the box-office smash The Greatest Showman. Pictured: Robbie in Sydney in 2016

The filmmakers have been careful to avoid comparisons to recent musical biopics like the Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody, and the Elton John story, Rocketman.

In an official statement the production said the film was ‘a satirical musical based on the life of a pop star’.

The film will feature ‘re-imaginings’ of Robbie’s hit songs, and stunning visual effects in order to explore the ‘inner demons’ the super star has had to battle both on stage and off.

Playing a superstar: British actor Jonno Davies, 29, will play Robbie as a younger man in the bio-pic. Pictured: Jonno on the red carpet in 2020 for Amazon Prime's Hunters

Playing a superstar: British actor Jonno Davies, 29, will play Robbie as a younger man in the bio-pic. Pictured: Jonno on the red carpet in 2020 for Amazon Prime’s Hunters

Top cast: Damon Herriman (pictured in 2020) will feature in the cast of the new Robbie Williams bio pic Better Man which has begun filming this week in Melbourne

Top cast: Damon Herriman (pictured in 2020) will feature in the cast of the new Robbie Williams bio pic Better Man which has begun filming this week in Melbourne

The film’s production is based at Docklands Studios in Melbourne.

‘To tell Robbie William’s beautiful, distinct story, back home, in my own city, is a dream come true,’ Gracey said in a statement.

‘There is a creative energy that burns across the Melbourne film industry, and I know this movie will thrive here.’ 

He went on to describe Robbie as an ‘everyman’ who has an ‘incredibly relatable story’ about following your dreams. 

Iconic: Robbie rose to fame with Take That who formed in 1989 and went on to achieve 12 number one singles on the UK Singles Chart along with eight number one album (pictured 1994)

Iconic: Robbie rose to fame with Take That who formed in 1989 and went on to achieve 12 number one singles on the UK Singles Chart along with eight number one album (pictured 1994)

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Originally posted 2022-05-11 14:19:43.