Netflix's 'The Dirt': An autobiographical look at the most notorious band in the world, Mötley Crüe, to hit screens on March 22

Just like the book that it drew inspiration from, the film is a powerful retelling of what it was like to be in a band this crazy at the peak of their fame


                            Netflix's 'The Dirt': An autobiographical look at the most notorious band in the world, Mötley Crüe, to hit screens on March 22

After the most notorious rock 'n' roll band in the world kept talking about it for about 15 years, the Mötley Crüe's autobiographical film "The Dirt" is finally going to hit screens the world over. Just like the book that it drew inspiration from, the film is a powerful retelling of what it was like to be in a band this crazy at the peak of their fame. According to the band's bassist and co-founder, Nikki Sixx, the film doesn't "pull any punches".

The film is set to release on March 22 on Netflix and is based on the band's autobiography "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band". The book had in-depth accounts directly from the band members themselves about how the band formed and everything else that went with being a band of this scale - both good and bad.

A photo of the band from the 1970s (Source: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
A photo of the band from the 1970s (Source: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The book was a massive success and was applauded by everyone for its brutal honesty when talking about the ups and downs of the highly-coveted "rock 'n' roll lifestyle" of the 80s. The band played their final concert on December 31, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after which they signed a contract that would see them getting sued if they ever went on tour again. This, thankfully, has not stopped them from making new music and they have confirmed that four new tracks will feature in the film.

Speaking of the band, the big question for many fans was who would play the band members. Based on the trailer, we know that Douglas Booth, a British actor who once played singer Boy Gorge in a BBC film, plays bassist Nikki Sixx. Iwan Rheon, the Welsh actor who famously portrayed baddie Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones, will be playing lead guitarist Mick Mars.

The original members of Motley Crue (L to R) Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars reunite after six years to announce 'Red, White & Crue Tour 2005...Better Live than Dead' on December 6, 2004, at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California. (Source: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
The original members of Motley Crue (L to R) Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars reunite after six years to announce 'Red, White & Crue Tour 2005...Better Live than Dead' on December 6, 2004, at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California. (Source: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

Machine Gun Kelly, an American rapper who's acting stint also includes Netflix's Bird Box, plays drummer Tommy Lee. Lead singer Vince Neil is played by Australian actor Daniel Webber who played Lewis Wilson on Netflix's The Punisher series. Sixx spoke to Classic Rock and said of the actors: "I gotta tell you, I don’t know how Douglas transformed into me."

"I mean, how they all did. Machine Gun Kelly is Tommy Lee. Me and Tommy were sitting in while they were rehearsing the music, and we were just like, 'It’s us'." Based off of the explosive trailer showing some wild antics set to the tune of the high-octane song Kickstart My Heart, the film promises to bare all.

The official theatrical poster for Netflix's The Dirt (Source: IMDb)
The official theatrical poster for Netflix's The Dirt (Source: IMDb)

Sixx tells Classic Rock: "You just have to lay it out there: this is what we were like, this is what was happening. Some people had a hard time with some of the honesty that was in the book. We weren't really concerned with covering our asses then and it was important for us to do the movie the same way."

"It was really important for us not to whitewash anything over. We know that there were scenes in NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton that were deleted because they just didn't want to be portrayed that way... With us, it was important we didn’t pull any punches."

Netflix's 'The Dirt' will premiere on March 22, 2019.