The Kinks Biopic Casts Ray & Dave Davies: Report

The Kinks
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The Kinks photographed in 1969.

The Kinks' presence on the U.S. charts was an on-and-off-again relationship over the years, but the adoration their musical peers and followers showered on the influential British rock outfit was far less fickle. From garage-rock pioneers to baroque pop maestros to stadium headliners, the Kinks' legend grows larger with every year.

Not long ago, Julien Temple confirmed he's taking their story to the big screen, and now, Screen Daily is reporting the filmmakers have cast the two leads in You Really Got Me. Johnny Flynn (of the TV series Scrotal Recall) and George Mackay (of the 2014 film Pride) will play Ray and Dave Davies, respectively, the British brothers who formed the band.

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When reached for comment, Dave Davies said, "I cannot comment on the film at the moment."

"The project, which will focus on the tension between genious [sic] songwriter rivalry Ray Davies and his rebel rousing [sic] brother Dave Davies will hit your face sometime next year," reads a blurb on Temple's website.

Temple himself is a fascinating figure. He helmed the infamous 1980 Sex Pistols mockumentary The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, shot a popular '80s music video for the Kinks ("Come Dancing") and directed the sci-fi comedy Earth Girls Are Easy, the 1988 movie that inspired Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's "Pretty Girls" video.

Take a peek at Flynn and Mackey below. Do you think they look enough like Ray and Dave?  

Johnny Flynn (Ray Davies)

George Mackay (Dave Davies)


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