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Killing Bono, About a Band Overshadowed by U2, Begins Filming

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January 5, 2010

Killing Bono / Ben Barnes

Some moments in history that define our future are as epic as a World War while others may only shape a certain sect of culture. One such moment is the focus of Killing Bono, an adaptation of the book of the same name, whose author recounts his time spent in school with the members of super-group U2 including frontman Bono (aka Paul Hewson) as he rose to rock colossus and world dignitary. Less a biopic about Bono and U2, the story focuses on author Neil McCormick's feverish 10 year quest to emulate Bono's success in a series of different bands. Sounds like McCormick was "Stuck in a Moment That You Can't Get Out Of"!

The Belfast Telegraph says the film is already shooting with Nick Hamm directing from a Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais written script. And obviously since the film is already shooting, we've got some casting bits for you, too. Ben Barnes (seen above), the royal warrior from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is leading the cast along with Krysten Ritter (of AMC's "Breaking Bad"), Robert Sheehan (Season of the Witch), Charlie Cox (Stardust) and Jason Byrne. The film just started shooting and the book's logline gives us a sense of the attitude in driving for success: "Some are born great. Some achieve greatness. Some have greatness thrust upon them. And some have the misfortune to go to school with Bono." Sounds fun.

Just from the logline alone it seems like the this should be quite a funny and rock-filled jaunt into musical history. However, I wonder just how cooperative U2 will be to provide music (if necessary) for the film. Of course if Bono is cool with Bruno saying that he's got AIDS and then appearing in the Dove of Peace video, then I think they've got a decent enough sense of humor about themselves to let anything fly. So stay tuned!

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  • Frightened Inmate #2
    Could be a pretty good movie. Dont see why they would need any U2 music.
  • guh
    U2 sucks balls, and Bono by himself sucks huge donkey dick.
  • If it was a reality tv show and he actually killed Bono, I'd pay money to watch it. Sounds alright enough though so I'll watch when I'm crippled with glue sniffing.
  • Cody
    What #2 said, south park nailed it. Bono is the biggest piece of shit in the world. Lets hope that beautiful day doesnt somehow cram its way into this movie either.
  • Nil
    U2 have remained friends wit McCormick over the years, and from what I've read, seem supportive of the film, so no doubt they'd be happy to have their music used.
  • MrsBenBarnes
    dont worry guys, bono himself wont be in it. Ben is the main star 😉
  • Viki
    This movie is being filimed in my school!!!!!!! 😀
  • Gemm
    Filming at wallace, woo! my sisters an extra in it ;D and my friend met ben barns 😀
  • zubzwank
    I think there was a movie about the assassination of a major rock star--Mick Jagger?--planned once, but never filmed. Of course, we got the real thing in December 1980 with John Lennon.
  • Katherine
    I can't wait I LOVE Barnes...and am familiar with most of the cast. But I'm also a fan of the director, Nick Hamm's work; I love his film, 'The Very Thought of You'...very, very, very funny film.

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