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Machine Gun Kelly to play Tommy Lee in Motley Crue biopic

MGK takes on the role of the Motley Crue sticksman.

After 12 years of being in pre-production, 80’s hair metal icons Motley Crue are finally pushing forward with the filming of their movie adaptation of their 2001 memoir book The Dirt because now Netflix is acting as a backer in order to have it as an exclusive title.

To further the excitement and cement the reality that this is finally actually happening after so long, it has just been announced that the part of drummer Tommy Lee will be played by Cleveland born pop rapper Machine Gun Kelly.

Kelly oddly enough really does seem to bear an uncanny resemblance to a younger Lee.

Kelly tweeted on Thursday about getting the part and his excitement for Netflix having hired his brother as his drum teacher. Kelly says:

“I got the movie to hire my little bro as my drum teacher. Kept it in the family. i WILL learn the drums and finish the new album before we start filming.”

Kelly has been gradually making the push from rap to rock in addition to starting an acting career, so it would make sense that he would have interest in playing the role in the biopic.

Kelly has also appeared in Cameron Crowe’s Roadies and the techno-thriller Nerve.

Ironically, Lee has been making a musical push in the opposite direction as Kelly. Since the late 90’s/early 2000’s Lee has been making the move from rock to rap with projects like Methods of Mayhem. Lee and Kelly will likely have a lot of common ground with one another.

It was also announced back in November that the part of bassist and primary Motley Crue songwriter Nikki Sixx would be played by Douglas Booth, a young actor from England.

No release date for The Dirt has been announced at press time.

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