Published On: Sun, May 2nd, 2021

Anson Boon joins co-stars to film Danny Boyle’s new Sex Pistols drama

He’s been keeping busy shooting scenes for the upcoming drama series, based on the  iconic punk rock band, Sex Pistols.

And Anson Boon proved there’s no rest for the wicked as he was joined by his co-stars Toby Wallace, Christian Lees, Jacob Slater in Folkestone, Kent, on Saturday.

The actor, 21, transformed into Johnny Rotten by sporting spiky hair as he continued to film Pistols ahead of its release next year.

Working hard: Anson Boon proved there’s no rest for the wicked as he shot scenes for Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols drama in Kent on Saturday

Nailing edgy style, the screen star teamed a baby blue jacket with a patterned scarf, a grey jumper and navy trousers.

The thespian rounded off his appearance with chunky footwear while shielding himself from the rain under an umbrella.

Rising star Anson’s leading role in the programme can potentially earn him worldwide recognition, after starring in 1917, Crawl and Blackbird.

In good company: Toby Wallace (second from left), Christian Lees (pictured centre), and Jacob Slater (pictured far right) were also seen in Folkestone

In good company: Toby Wallace (second from left), Christian Lees (pictured centre), and Jacob Slater (pictured far right) were also seen in Folkestone

The real rockers: Sex Pistols consisted of Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock (the band L-R minus Glen Matlock pictured in 1978)

The real rockers: Sex Pistols consisted of Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock (the band L-R minus Glen Matlock pictured in 1978) 

Wow: Anson pictured as Johnny

The real rocker: Johnny, real name John Lydon, pictured in 1976

Wow: Anson, pictured left in character, and Johnny Rotten, pictured right, in 1976 

Inspiration: The actor, 21, transformed into the leading man by sporting spiky hair as he continued to film Pistols ahead of its release next year

Inspiration: The actor, 21, transformed into the leading man by sporting spiky hair as he continued to film Pistols ahead of its release next year

All in the details: The screen star teamed a baby blue jacket with a patterned scarf, a grey jumper and navy trousers

Impressive: The thespian nailed edgy style on set

All in the details: Nailing edgy style, the screen star teamed a baby blue jacket with a patterned scarf, a grey jumper and navy trousers

On his way to stardom? Rising star Anson's leading role in the programme can potentially earn him worldwide recognition, after starring in 1917, Crawl and Blackbird

On his way to stardom? Rising star Anson’s leading role in the programme can potentially earn him worldwide recognition, after starring in 1917, Crawl and Blackbird

In good company: The Winter Lake star chatted to crew members

Listen up! He was later directed by award-winning filmmaker Danny

In good company: The Winter Lake star chatted to crew members before being directed by award-winning filmmaker Danny (R)

Protection: Anson rounded off his appearance with chunky footwear while shielding himself from the rain under an umbrella

Protection: Anson rounded off his appearance with chunky footwear while shielding himself from the rain under an umbrella

In between scenes: The TV and film star held onto a can of Red Stripe and his script to help him remember his lines

Animated: At one point, Anson pulled a kooky facial expression as he looked into the distance

In between scenes: The TV and film star held onto a can of Red Stripe and his script to help him remember his lines

Keeping warm: He also switched into a black jacket as he wrapped up against the chilly climes of the town

Keeping warm: He also switched into a black jacket as he wrapped up against the chilly climes of the town

Out and about: Anson took a brief break from his role

Aid: He later received help from a pal to open his drink

Out and about: Anson took a brief break from his role, before receiving help from a pal to open his drink

Background: He strolled by a park which featured a floral-decorated bench

Multi-tasking: He sipped on alcohol while reading his notebook

Background: He strolled by a park which featured a floral-decorated bench

Preparations: Anson waited for his cue to continue filming

Preparations: Anson waited for his cue to continue filming

Pistols is based on the legendary rock band – consisting of Johnny, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious – and their rise to fame in the 1970s.

In the TV series, Louis Partridge will portray bassist Sid, Jacob will star as drummer Paul, Christian has stepped into the role of the band’s first bass guitarist Glen and Toby will play guitarist Steve.

The cast looked in good spirits as they appeared to cause chaos during filming and were joined by film director Danny.   

At the time, the country was rocked by widespread strikes which saw rubbish go uncollected in central London during a notorious winter of discontent.  

Role: Jacob pictured as drummer Paul Cook

The real rocker: Paul Cook pictured in 1978

Role: Jacob, left in character, and drummer Paul Cook, pictured right  in 1978

Uncanny: Louis pictured as Sid Vicious

The real rocker: Sid Vicious pictured in 1978

Uncanny: Louis, left in character, and bassist Sid Vicious, pictured right in 1978

Character: Toby pictured as Steve Jones

The real rocker: Steve Jones pictured in 1978

Character:  Toby, left in character, and guitarist Steve Jones, pictured right in 1978 

Earlier this month the star-studded line-up for the drama was revealed, with Iris Law announced to be following in her father Jude and brother Rafferty’s acting footsteps.

The model, 20, is making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman, one of the icons of the punk scene who became a rising star in the 1970s, and she joins Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Talulah Riley, and Christian Lees as new cast members in Pistol.

Soo Lucas, who dubbed herself Soo Catwoman, is known for her trademark haircut which she created in 1976 to look like she had cat ears.

The hairdo is set to be a very different look for Iris, who usually sports long brunette curls, though she may well wear a wig to emulate Soo’s iconic hairstyle.

Thomas is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, while Talulah will play fashion icon Vivienne Westwood.

His creation: Danny serves as director and Executive Producer

Ready to go! The six-episode series began principal photography in March

His creation: The six-episode series began principal photography in March, and Danny serves as director and Executive Producer

Basis: The series is anchored by Steve's memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock's greatest ever stories

Basis: The series is anchored by Steve’s memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories

Occupied: At another point, Danny held a pen in his mouth as he prepared to write down some notes

Occupied: At another point, Danny held a pen in his mouth as he prepared to write down some notes

Plot: Pistol moves from West London's council estates, to Westwood and McLaren's notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with Never Mind the B******s

Plot: Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Westwood and McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with Never Mind the B******s

Representation: On his project, Danny said: 'It is the detonation point for British street culture...where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion'

Representation: On his project, Danny said: ‘It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion’

Realistic: The set was transformed to keep in line with the 70s

Realistic: The set was transformed to keep in line with the 70s

The six-episode series began principal photography in March, and Danny serves as director and Executive Producer.   

Based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the supporting cast also includes Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan as well as Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen.

Anchored by Steve’s memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories, Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Westwood and McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the B******s.

Their single ‘God Save the Queen’ was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot.

Quirky: Toby donned a slogan vest and a navy padded jacket

Outfit change: He later switched into a fluffy black jumper

Outfit change: Toby donned a slogan vest and a navy padded jacket, before switching into a fluffy black jumper

In their element: The cast looked in good spirits as they appeared to cause chaos during filming

In their element: The cast looked in good spirits as they appeared to cause chaos during filming

In theme: Jacob cut a casual figure in a patterned leather jacket, a striped shirt and baggy jeans

In theme: Jacob cut a casual figure in a patterned leather jacket, a striped shirt and baggy jeans

The more, the merrier: Christian and Jacob were accompanied by a female companion, who wore a face mask

The more, the merrier: Christian and Jacob were accompanied by a female companion, who wore a face mask

Danny has had an acclaimed TV and movie career, with his 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire being nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won eight, including the Academy Award for Best Director. 

In 2012, the filmmaker was the artistic director for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was subsequently offered a knighthood as part of the New Year Honours but declined.

In January, Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment, said in a statement: ‘It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series.’ 

‘Steve Jones was at the centre of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.’

Starring role: The supporting cast also includes Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan

Famous: Jordan pictured in 1977

Starring role: The supporting cast also includes Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams (L) as punk icon Jordan (R in 1977)

The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (pictured) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

Real-life counterpart: Malcolm pictured in 1978

The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (L) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (pictured right in 1978)

Exciting: Iris Law will follow in her father Jude's acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman in Danny's Pistols drama

Iconic look: Soo Lucas, who dubbed herself Soo Catwoman, is known for her trademark haircut which she created in 1976 to look like she had cat ears

Exciting: Iris Law (L) will follow in her father Jude’s acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman (R) in the Sex Pistols drama

‘Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent,’ added Danny. ‘This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever.’

‘It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them.’

‘The Sex Pistols. At its centre was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.’

Pistols will be released on FX and Hulu in 2022.

Portrayal: A first look image for the TV series, which is based on the memoir of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, was revealed following the casting announcement

Portrayal: A first look image for the TV series, which is based on the memoir of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, was revealed following the casting announcement

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