The Lovesick star and folk musician will play the iconic singer-songwriter around the era of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Reaction to the trailer online was mixed, with many questioning the absence of Bowieâs music in the film.
âHow anyone could make a trailer of a biopic of David Bowie and not use a single note of any of his songs is beyond me,â wrote one commenter.
âHow in the world do you make a David Bowie film with no music, no emotion and no life or personality whatsoever? Who let this be made?â
âWhat's the point of this if it won't be a musical?â asked another.
Others were unsure about the casting of Flynn as Bowie, with one comparing his appearance to Jesse Eisenbergâs Lex Luther.
they have to say the name "david bowie" multiple times in this unauthorized biopic trailer, because otherwise you'd mistake johnny flynn for jesse eisenberg's Lex Luthor. pic.twitter.com/KbUWruQ8AF
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) October 28, 2020
i love Johnny Flynn with my whole heart but why would he agree to star in a biopic neither Bowie or his family wanted to be made ? This should have never made made and we shouldn't watch it. https://t.co/NQc4LTn9Pb
— Sofie (@timofiechalamet) October 28, 2020
âYou could search the globe for eternity and not find an actor who looks less like David Bowie than Johnny Flynn,â wrote one Twitter user.
âJohnny Flynn isn't actually a bad choice for Bowie. But this just doesn't look good. At all,â wrote someone else.
âThey really did it. They managed to make David Bowie look mediocre,â quipped another commenter.
Many also pointed out that the late Bowie had expressed a desire to not have film made about his life, and that Stardust was made without approval from the late artistâs family and estate.
âThis guy looks nothing like Bowie. It's just a guy wearing a Halloween costume of David Bowie. Seriously, there are plenty of other ways you could celebrate his legacy and not do a biopic,â wrote one social media user.
âWow, this looks horrific and Bowie would actually be mortified,â wrote another.