New FX series about the Sex Pistols in the works!

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

FX is producing a new biopic about one of the most influential Punk bands in British History, the Sex Pistols. The series will be based on guitarist Steve Jones memoir 'Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol'. Director Danny Boyle, known from Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, will oversee the production. There is no premier date yet, but the filming is set to begin on March 7.

According to a press release by FX, the series:

"Moves from West London’s council estates, to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the Bollocks, which is frequently listed as one of the most influential albums of all time. Their single ‘God Save the Queen’ was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot. For the only time in chart history, the track was listed as a blank, to avoid offence to the monarchy.”

The cast is filled with well know actors, like Babyteeth's actor Toby Wallace playing guitarist Steve Jones. Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams is set to play punk icon Pamela Rook, who joined the Sex Pistols on stage for their first live television performance of 'Anarchy in the UK'.

Other notable names playing a role in the series are Anson Boon (1917) as lead singer John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten, Louis Partidge (Enola Homes) as bass player Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as drummer Paul Cook and Fabien Frankel (The Serpent) as bass player Glen Matlock. Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) is set to play early guitarist Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler (Don’t Worry Darling) will play singer and friend of the band Chrissie Hynde and Emma Appleton (The Witcher) stars as Sid Vicious late girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

Director Danny Boyle, an Englishman who grew up during the punk age himself, described the Sex Pistols breakthrough as:

“The moment that British society and culture changed forever. 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."

Source: NME