Diminutive hobit, Elijah Wood is set to star as head Stooge Iggy Pop in a new biopic about the early years of the band. The movie will be directed by Nick Gomez.
The ?Lord of the Rings? actor will portray the singer in ?The Passenger?, which will follow Iggy?s early years with his band The Stooges, in the late 60s and early 70s.
Iggy – who battled heroin addiction for years – has given his blessing to the project, but has no plans to star in the film.
The rocker, now 60, said: ?The script ain?t chopped liver. It was a work of art. But subjectively, I don?t want to be involved in any way. A producer and the writer sent me a very decent letter, and asked me to write back if I didn?t want them to do it. I don?t feel negative about it at all.?
We’re not sure if Elijah Wood would make a good Iggy Pop, but we like Wood as an actor and maybe this would be the roll that gives him the love he deserves. Well, at least from the non-LOTR fanboys, who already love him way too much.
The Stooges, who just reformed in 2003, had their heyday from 1967 to 1974. As a band they released only three albums. And like The Velvet Underground, those three albums sold so poorly, but anyone who’s ever listened to them can’t deny their power or their influence on a slew of contemporary bands. All three are worth checking out, but Fun House is the album to start with.
Whaddaya think? Even though old Iggy looks like a mummy, there’s a nice resemblence between Frodo and the young Igster.
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