Good Times Bad Times: Casting The Led Zeppelin Movie
Enough with all the troubled musician biopics. We’ve all see the humble beginnings, the struggle for success in the face of adversity, the eureka moment of writing their big hit, and of course, the money, love and drug problems. It’s not that these themes are uninteresting, it’s just that they’ve become so cookie cutter, so perfectly molded to the Hollywood Oscar-bait drama, that it has become boring. What we need now is to see the stakes raised, the craziness increased, and the danger quadrupled; we need a rock band biopic, and what better band to fill that void than Led Zeppelin.
With a history marked by a rapid rise to fame and fortune, followed by a slow descent into drugs and alcoholism, eventually leading to the death of drummer John Bonham and the subsequent dissolution of the band, Led Zeppelin have truly lived the blues-inspired songs they sing. The four distinct personalities that make up the band’s unique sound are a reflection of the working dynamic that brought the men together, and eventually tore them apart. The following are casting suggestion for Zoso ( my potential title for a Led Zeppelin movie… Good Times Bad Times? How about Stairway To Heaven?).
Joseph Gordon Levitt as Jimmy Page
Apart from the obvious physical similarities, we sense a certain spaced-out and peace-loving vibe from both the actor and the musician. Levitt being a multi-talented artist, we sense that he would have no trouble learning the necessary guitar parts to bring authenticity to the role. Playing the double-guitar, however, might have to be done in CGI.
Brady Corbett as John Bonham
Corbett is known to some as the pushover in Melancholia, but it’s his brooding role as the next-in-line alpha male successor to become the cult leader in Martha Marcie May Marlene that showed that he has the intensity required to play one of the most intense, dedicated rock drummers of all time.
Chris Evans as John Paul Jones
As a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, as well as a highly sought after session musician, Jones is often referred to as ‘the wisest’ member of Led Zeppelin. We can think of him as the George Harrison of the group, a talented backbone to the group’s sound who chose to stay out of the media spotlight. If only Chris Evans would let his Captain America haircut grow out a bit, we’re sure his sturdy good looks and solid acting skills would fit the bass player slot perfectly.
Michael Pitt as Robert Plant
While Pitt has already played Kurt Cobain in Last Days, we still feel he would be great as the front man to a band that actually influenced Led Zeppelin. A musician himself, he could bring some actual road experience to the movie, and would have no problem learning Plant’s trademark mic-stand dances. Imagine his piercing eyes looking out at the audience from behind a curly blond wig, and I’m sure you can’t wait to see him go wild on Whole Lotta Love’.