The long-awaited biopic will be released via Netflix on March 22, 2019, according to frontman Vince Neil.
He reported that he’d watched the completed work, which is based on the band’s of the same name.
“Wow!!! Just left Netflix offices,” he tweeted. “Just saw ‘The Dirt’ movie!! Fuckin awesome!! Can’t wait for everyone to see it! Released March 22!! Yea!!!”
Neil in September that the band had regrouped to record four new songs for the movie soundtrack. His comment led to confusion for some fans, who understood they’d split at the end of their final world tour in 2015. “For those of you who don’t understand, yes 'the boys' means Motley and we signed a contract not to tour anymore," Neil responded. "We never broke up or said we would never make music again. Hope this clears it up."
Bassist later reassured followers that the new material was up to standard, saying , “I’m listening to the roughs of the new Motley Crue and it feels real and raw. Everybody is playing like mad and the songs crush." He added mysteriously, "Plus we have a surprise that will confirm that we’re outta our minds.”
Production work began on The Dirt movie in 2006, but it wasn’t until Netflix stepped in last year that the project began moving towards completion. Neil is played by Daniel Webber, Sixx by Douglas Booth, guitarist by Iwan Rheon and drummer by rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
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Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee
Colson Baker, the rapper and actor better known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly, hasn't been in the entertainment industry long, but he hit the ground running: Since releasing his first mixtape in 2006, Kelly has popped up on the charts and on the screen regularly, scoring a series of film and television roles (including his breakout appearance in 2014's Beyond the Lights ) between hit singles (like his Top 5 pop crossover "Bad Things," featuring Camila Cabello). Although his short blond hair isn't a match for Tommy Lee's '80s mane, the two have similarly wiry builds and an evident fondness for body ink. Kelly can also be seen later this year in the upcoming sci-fi movie Captive State , starring John Goodman.
Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx
The Dirt won't be Douglas Booth's first musical biopic venture, although his first acting gig as a real-life star — playing Culture Club frontman Boy George in the BBC movie Worried About the Boy — was very different. The London-born actor has compiled a healthy list of credits over the last decade and change, landing in everything from period dramas like Great Expectations to big-budget films like the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending . His chops clearly impressed producers, who tabbed Booth as an early front-runner to play Nikki Sixx when casting reports started filtering in late last year.
Daniel Webber as Vince Neil
Daniel Webber comes to the role of singer Vince Neil as an actor who already knows a thing or two about playing real-life people associated with notoriety. The 29-year-old Webber, who hails from Australia, made his U.S. breakthrough by playing Lee Harvey Oswald in 11.22.63 , the Hulu-produced adaptation of Stephen King's novel about a time-traveling teacher trying to stop John F. Kennedy's assassination. That series gave American audiences their first experience with Webber, but he was already an old pro, appearing in a variety of overseas films and TV shows starting with a 2008 episode of the Australian medical drama All Saints . More recently, he's been seen as Lewis Wilson, a supporting character in Netflix's The Punisher .
Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars
Like a number of his co-stars, Iwan Rheon was born and raised half a world away from the sunny California streets where the members of Mötley Crüe prowled. Unlike most of the others, though, he's already something of a star in his own right. Rheon, who hails from Wales, will be familiar to many through his thoroughly convincing portrayal of the deliciously evil Ramsay Bolton on HBO's Game of Thrones — and more recently, he's taken on another high-profile gig, playing Maximus on ABC's Inhumans . Playing Mick Mars in The Dirt will be a change of pace, but Rheon's got a real-life musical background: After putting out a trio of EPs, the singer-songwriter released his debut album, Dinard , in 2015.
Tony Cavalero as Ozzy Osbourne
Tony Cavalero has signed on to play Ozzy Osbourne, with whom Motley Crue toured in their early days. Cavalero has starred as Dewey Finn in the TV adaptation of 'School of Rock.' He's also had recurring roles on the series' 'SuperMansion,' 'Heart of Dixie,' 'The Single Life' and 'Aim High.'
Rebekah Graf as Heather Locklear
Rebekah Graf, who played the titular character in the 2010 sitcom My Roommate Sam and has a also been in the Entourage movie and Lycan , has been chosen to play Heather Locklear, who was married to Tommy Lee from 1986 until 1993.
David Costabile as Doc McGhee
The role of longtime Motley Crue manager Doc McGhee will be played by David Costabile. He currently plays Mike "Wags" Wagner in Showtime's acclaimed series 'Billions,' and he's also recurring roles in 'The Wire' and 'Breaing Bad.' This isn't Costabile's first part in a production about musicians. He was in 'Flight of the Conchords," an HBO comedy that ran from 2007-09 about a New Zealand novelty folk-rap duo, where he played Doug, the hapless husband of the group's lone fan/wannabe-groupie, Mel (Kristen Schaal).
Director Jeff Tremaine
MTV's sadomasochistic stunt series Jackass was a lot of things — including utterly addictive viewing — but it didn't necessarily look like the greatest incubator for long-running Hollywood careers. The guys who starred in the show have gone on to varying degrees of success since the franchise went on seemingly permanent hiatus; meanwhile, behind the scenes, director and co-creator Jeff Tremaine has been quietly carving out an interesting path for himself, writing, producing and directing an array of releases that run the gamut from Jackass -style comedy to ESPN documentaries and ... well, The Dirt . Tremaine has been attached to this project for years, and remained one of its most persistent public cheerleaders even when it looked like it was permanently stuck in development hell; he even produced The End , the concert documentary revolving around Mötley Crüe's final show. However this movie ends up turning out, it's being helmed by a guy with a passion for the project — and the band's music.
Motley Crue Confirm Four New Songs for 'The Dirt' Soundtrack
Two weeks after Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx posted photos of themselves in the studio with Bob Rock, Vince Neil tweeted that he was going into the studio to record four new Motley Crue songs. Sixx retweeted Neil, and later confirmed that the material is slated for the movie.
The Dirt Book
There's obviously no shortage of rock biographies — there's virtually a cottage industry around books devoted to the biggest stars in the genre, with multiple weighty tomes inspired by the lives and legacies of artists such as Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. And those of us who weren't in the band will never really know just how accurate Mötley Crüe's confessions might be. But even with all that being said, The Dirt remains a gripping warts-and-all account from some of hard rock's hardest-living survivors — which is part of why it was such a bestseller upon publication in 2001, despite arriving years after the group's commercial peak. In addition to inspiring its long-gestating screen adaptation, The Dirt also opened a literary sideline for the members of the band; Tommy Lee and Vince Neil have both since penned more straightforward memoirs, while Nikki Sixx released his acclaimed Heroin Diaries book, an account of his journey to rock bottom and back out of the drug dependency that nearly ended his life for good.