10 Actors Who Could Play David Bowie In A Biopic Movie

Darvill, DeHaan, Gleeson: Who could capture this once in a generation talent properly?

David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth
British Lion Films

There are many stars in the night sky; some come and go, and others stick around for a bit longer, but there are very few that shine so bright they get everybody talking. The legendary musician, actor, pop culture icon David Bowie was undoubtedly one of those stars.

As a performer, he managed to capture the hearts of millions thanks to his unique look, charismatic personality and groundbreaking music that essentially created a whole new style.

There has been talk of a biopic based on the legendary figure for years now - especially after his tragic death in 2016 - but as of yet, nothing has come about. Fans did get treated to an unofficial film in Stardust (2020), but this movie was unapproved by the Bowie estate and didn't capture what many people wanted to see in a flick about the man behind Ziggy Stardust.

So, if viewers were finally given the gift of a movie about the figure, who would take on the moniker? There's a tonne of perfect choices for the part, and these coming ten just might be the perfect ones.

10. Arthur Darvill

David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth
BBC

Fans of the BBC's long-running Doctor Who series will surely know this actor as the loveable Rory, but Arthur Darvill has proven himself to be much more than that. While he's not had the chance to show the movie world what he can do fully, he certainly could if he was given a role like this.

One of the most notable comparisons to be made with Darvill and Bowie are the similar hair colours. Finding a red-headed actor would be a step in the right direction, and Darvill also manages to add a slightly slender face and unconventional look to that as well.

However, one of the most significant selling points on this casting comes from Darvill being an incredibly talented musician. He has lent his singing voice to the musical adaptation of Once and even started a musical collective called the Paperlands.

His knowledge in music and convincing look already have him heading in the right direction, so the right push would make him slot into the role perfectly.

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