Speculation: Who will play Bono in "Killing Bono?"
By Allison Stewart
Principal photography is set to begin in Belfast next week on the film version of Neil McCormick's 2004 memoir "Killing Bono," which was subtitled "Something Everyone Has Wanted To Do At One Time Or Another, Especially After They Shelled Out $200 For Tickets To The Zoo TV Tour And He Didn't Remove His Sunglasses The Whole Time." (Kidding! It's actually subtitled "I Was Bono's Doppelganger.")
McCormick and Bono were schoolmates in Ireland, and the book, for which Bono wrote the intro and is said to have suggested the title, charts the duo's diverging paths: McCormick tried unsuccessfully to find stardom with his own band in the late '70s and early '80s (he's now the music critic for the UK's Daily Telegraph), while Bono…well, you know the rest.
The film is characterized as an "Irish music-based comedy," which makes it sound like "The Commitments," except this time everybody knows the ending in advance (SPOILER ALERT: Bono gets famous, doesn't die). Its release date is to be announced, but we've got questions that simply can't wait. Let's wildly speculate!
(His eyebrows move in mysterious ways, after the jump.)
Question 1: Who will play Bono?
It's unclear whether Bono will even be a character in the film -- he made what amounted to a series of cameo appearances in the book. If he does show up, will he be portrayed by someone whose casting initially sounded horrifying but turned out kind of awesome, like that time Val Kilmer played Jim Morrison? Or someone whose casting initially sounded horrifying and then turned out to actually be horrifying, like when Mark Wahlberg starred in that roman à clef about Judas Priest?
One thing is certain: the list of famous actors capable of playing the Young Bono is pretty short:
A) Elijah Wood
B) Jake Gyllenhaal, if he did something about his eyebrows
Question 2: Will U2 contribute music to the film?
Irish singer-songwriter Joe Echo will handle the soundtrack and serve as the film's musical advisor. It's unclear whether U2 be involved-we're guessing they won't.
What do you think? Who should play Bono? Or is he so sacred that if his image were cast onto film, the camera would shrivel up and fold in upon itself, like a dying star? And if the film decides to go with Present Day, 2010 Bono, he should be played by Robin Williams, right? Scroll down to cast your vote in the comments.
January 7, 2010; 4:06 PM ET
Categories: Speculation | Tags: Bono, U2
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