The film will be directed by Julien Temple
Alexandra Pollard

10:38 19th May 2015

Julien Temple has revealed his plans to direct a biopic of The Kinks starring Johnny Flynn, George MacKay and Juno Temple.

The band celebrated their 50th anniversary last year with the release of a career-spanning anthology, complete with liner notes from David Bowie. Now, their legacy will be extended further with a new film, titled You Really Got Me after (of course) one of their most iconic songs.

Julien Temple, who directed Sex Pistols mockumentary The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle and documentary Glastonbury, is on board to direct the film, which will reportedly focus on the tumultuous relationship between Ray and Dave Davies.

Johnny Flynn, the singer-songwriter who recently starred alongside Anne Hathaway in Song One, and is also set to appear in Clouds Of Sils Maria, will portray Ray Davies, while George MacKay, of Pride and Sunshine On Leith, will play his brother Dave. Juno Temple, the director's daughter who's had roles in Atonement, Notes On A Scandal, St. Trinians and Horns, will play Ray's former wife and sometime band member Rasa Davies.

Speaking to Screen Daily, director Julien Temple said, "This is an exciting chance to tell The Kinks' story in a visceral and real way. The lyrics of The Kinks have always been fascinating to me and there is an amazing human story here as well which has yet to be captured on film."

The Kinks, who were famously banned from the US for nearly five years at the height of their fame, have sold an estimated 50 million albums worldwide.

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