Better Man: Robert Carlyle, James McAvoy, and Christian Bale in running to play Robbie Williams in new film

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. 

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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. 

Glasgow Times: Robert Carlyle is best known for his role in Trainspotting Robert Carlyle is best known for his role in Trainspotting

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.”

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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.”

Glasgow Times: James McAvoy is also said to be in the running James McAvoy is also said to be in the running

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.


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

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