'This is an exciting chance to tell The Kinks story in a visceral and real way,' says the director
Director Julien Temple, whose previous credits include 1977 Sex Pistols mockumentary The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle and 2006’s Glastonbury documentary film, is making a biopic of The Kinks.
Titled You Really Got Me, the biopic will star actor-musician Johnny Flynn (Scrotal Recall, Clouds Of Sils Maria) as Ray Davies and another actor with musical experience, George Mackay (Pride, Sunshine On Leith), as his brother Dave Davies. The director’s daughter Juno Temple will appear in a supporting role as Ray Davies’s former wife, Rasa.
“This is an exciting chance to tell The Kinks story in a visceral and real way,” Julien Temple told ScreenDaily. “The lyrics of The Kinks have always been fascinating to me and there is an amazing human story here as well which has yet to be captured on film.”
The director added: “It’s not easy to find British leading men who can deliver the kind of musically compelling performances we need and we have those in Johnny and George.”
The film’s script is being written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who are best known for creating TV series including Porridge and The Likely Lads. Temple, whose other credits include 1986’s David Bowie-starring rock musical Absolute Beginners, is due to start shooting later this year.
The film will feature The Kinks’ music, producer Joe Thomas, a long-term friend of Ray Davies, confirmed. “We’ve got the music rights and Ray and Dave will work on the soundtrack,” Thomas said.