New Rolling Stones movie planned about hedonistic ‘Exile On Main Street’ album

Downton Abbey director is casting for actors to play Jagger and Richards

A film about the famously debauched making of The Rolling Stones’ double album ‘Exile On Main Street’ is in the works.

The making of the classic 1972 double album was known to be chaotic, as the band’s drug-taking became more intense while they were living as tax exiles in the south of France.

The new film is based on former Rolling Stone journalist Robert Greenfield’s 2006 book Exile On Main Street: A Season In Hell With The Rolling Stones. Greenfield interviewed Keith Richards at his villa in France during the recording of the album, which forms the substance of his book.

Virgin owner Richard Branson bought the film rights to Greenfield’s book in 2012, and it’s believed he is overseeing the new movie of the same name as the book.

The film will be directed by Andy Goodard, who has directed several episodes of Downton Abbey and Doctor Who as well as 2014 film Set Fire To The Stars about a poet trying to meet his hero, Dylan Thomas.

It’s reported by Deadline Hollywood that Goddard is casting for actors to play Richards and Mick Jagger. According to bassist Bill Wyman’s autobiography Stone Alone, during the making of the album, the Stones became divided between those who took drugs during its recording – Richards, guitarist Mick Taylor – and those who mainly abstained – Jagger, Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts.

The 18-song ‘Exile On Main Street’ is often regarded as The Rolling Stones’ best work and features live favourite ‘Tumbling Dice’.