Machine Gun Kelly has been chosen to portray drummer Tommy Lee in the Netflix Mötley Crüe biopic, The Dirt.


Jeff Tremaine, who directed the Jackass movies, will helm the production, with a script from Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Members of the band will serve as co-producers. The Dirt is based on the 2001 autobiography of the same name, which follows the group’s rise during the 1980s rock scene on Sunset Strip. It follows the bands ups and downs until their final concert on New Year’s Even in 2015 at the Staples Center in L.A.

Mötley Crüe was formed in L.A. with its first album, Too Fast for Love, debuting in 1981. They combined heavy metal, hard rock, and glam rock and ended up selling more than 100 million albums worldwide.

The Dirt has been jumping around from studio to studio for years, and this is the closest it’s come toward production. More than 10 years ago, the project ended up at Paramount Pictures, with director Larry Charles originally attached. Focus came back to it in 2015 when the band was retiring.

With the arrival of Kelly, the film seems to be moving ahead in production. Lee tweeted out to his fans yesterday that the cameras would start to roll very soon. “Hey kids! Good news,” Lee wrote. “The Mötley Crüe movie The Dirt has begun pre-production! Starts shooting in Feb! Here we go!!!”

Kelly himself got loud in the Twitter-sphere, letting people know how excited he is to get to play Tommy Lee. “and it’s finally announced. 😬🎬 excuse me for being crass but….HOLY F–KING S–IIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!!!!! 🤘🏽,” he wrote.

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