A movie biopic about a band is nothing new really, but with each new movie that comes out about one musical group or another it’s not all about making something new, it’s about representing the band in as grand a way as possible. Musicians are on a different wavelength than a lot of people despite being down to earth when they’re not in the zone. Their lives can be uniquely interesting in that they view the world from a very different perspective and then put that into their music for the fans to listen to and visualize. The reason for making a biopic of Pink Floyd wouldn’t really be to just showcase their music, but to show how they came to be and how they became known as one of the greatest bands in the history of music.
It’d have to be a making of movie to really get the feel of it, and showcase how they got together, when, and what the world was like when this happened. Those types of movies usually get the most attention and tend to help people understand the musicians a lot better.
The plot should be fairly simple. Show how the band forms, gets together, and interacts. Detail their time together as much as possible but not so much that it clouds the movie. Go through the years of Pink Floyd’s emergence and how it’s accepted among the music community. By the time the film ends people should have a good idea of who Pink Floyd is and just what they’re did up until 2014.
Director – Sean Penn
This might come as something of a surprise given that he doesn’t have the strict directorial experience of several others that could have been selected for this position. But he does have the kind of vision that might bring this story down to earth and keep it grounded just enough so that those watching don’t feel lost or too terribly bored.
Syd Barrett – Eddie Redmayne
Barrett was fairly tall so it might be necessary to use a little movie magic to make Redmayne appear taller. But otherwise appearance-wise it works.
Nick Mason – Joel Edgerton
Edgerton has the kind of facial construction that can adapt to almost any role and he could definitely fill this spot on the roster.
Roger Waters – Adam Driver
Once again it all comes down to appearance as it will with the rest of the cast. The face shape and dimensions are just for for Driver to take on the role of Waters.
Richard Wright – Christian Bale
Bale has the look that could make this part work and the acting chops to represent a young Richard Wright with great accuracy.
David Gilmour – Karl Urban
It wouldn’t be a perfect match but for the effect needed Urban would work. He’s got a good enough range and could make this role his own quite easily.
It’s kind of difficult to find perfect matches for musicians in the acting world but a lot of them that have come before have been fairly accurate.