Casting Call: Lust for Life

Published November 1, 2013

In which we suggest who would star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

During the late ’70s in the bustling subculture of West Berlin, Iggy Pop and David Bowie came together as a symbiotic duo to create what is considered some of the best rock music of all time. They were both 29 and looking for a new beginning; Pop had just gotten out of rehab in a mental asylum, and Bowie had run himself dry in Los Angeles. In Berlin they found creative camaraderie, shared a place with the great Lou Reed for a short time, and even collaborated with Brian Eno.

Their legendary sonic kinship is most famous for yielding Bowie’s Low, Iggy’s The Idiot and most notably, the upcoming biopic’s namesake: Lust for Life. While the era has been heavily immortalized by British photographer Mick Rock and vaguely interpreted by Todd Haynes in Velvet Goldmine, it has yet to have a direct treatment on Hollywood’s silver screen. Altered Image and Egoli Tossell are combining their efforts to reimagine Pop and Bowie’s lives in all its glory as well as drug-fueled misfortune. The film will be directed by Gabriel Rang and will mostly be based off of Bowie and Pop’s respective biographies written by Paul Trynka: Starman and Open Up and Bleed. To cast a film stacked with so many strong personalities is a tall order, but let’s give it a try.

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