HE’S taken on Bond, portrayed the life of Adolf Hitler, and played his part in one of Scotland’s best-loved films.
Now, Robert Carlyle is being tipped as the one to play Robbie Williams in the newly announced biopic about the pop legend.
The Maryhill star has emerged as the early bookies’ favourite to land the role in Michael Gracey’s film Better Man about the former Take That star.
Known for his roles in Trainspotting and The World is Not Enough – where he took on Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond – Carlyle, 59, is joined by the likes of James McAvoy and Ewen McGregor in the running.
Paddy Power have priced the Full Monty star at 10/1 to play Williams, ahead of McAvoy at 12/1.
The film will explore Williams’ demons, director Gracey said, after he spent hours speaking with the star.
Williams’ hit songs will feature in the movie, according to Deadline, but it is not known how the 47-year-old will be portrayed on screen.
Gracey told the outlet: “As for how we represent Robbie in the film, that bit is top secret. I want to do this in a really original way. I remember going to the cinema as a kid and there were films that blew me away and made me say as I sat there in the cinema, ‘I’ve never seen this before.’ I just want the audience to have that feeling.”
Australian Gracey, best known for directing the 2017 blockbuster musical The Greatest Showman, added: “All I can say is the approach is top secret, but the goal is to generate that feeling I just described. It’s this fantastical story, and I want to represent it in its harsh reality all the way to these moments of pure fantasy.”
Williams was born in Stoke-on-Trent and shot to global stardom as part of Take That. After leaving the band in 1995, he forged a hugely successful solo career.
ROBBIE WILLIAMS ACTOR IN UPCOMING BOPIC
10/1 Robert Carlyle
12/1 James McAvoy
14/1 Christian Bale
16/1 Daniel Radcliffe
16/1 Bennedict Cumberbatch
20/1 Tom Hardy
20/1 Kit Harrington
20/1 Ewan McGregor
20/1 James Buckley
25/1 Jack O’Connell
25/1 Taron Egerton
25/1 Robert Pattinson
25/1 Jude Law
25/1 Tom Felton
33/1 Charlie Hunam
33/1 Tom Holland
33/1 Henry Cavill
33/1 Nicholas Hoult
50/1 Paul Mescal
100/1 Danny Dyer