Disney Plus Pistol

Disney+’s Pistol: the new trailer offers us a first look at Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams as late punk icon Jordan

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The lives of the Sex Pistols will be explored in upcoming Disney+ series Pistol and we have our first look at Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams as late punk icon Jordan in the chaotic new trailer.

It seems like we can’t get enough of music and TV crossovers at the moment. As well as Netflix signing an exclusive deal with Megan Thee Stallion, country music star Dolly Parton is also set to return to the big screen in an adaptation of her novel Run, Rose, Run.

Mood is another recent BBC musical drama that got us talking and now there’s set to be another new music-based drama to hit the small screen. Pistol is the upcoming Disney+ series all about the rock and roll revolution. And you guessed it – it’s all about iconic punk band the Sex Pistols.

The six-episode series focuses on the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and is directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle.

The English director is known for his work on cult classic films Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and, more recently, Yesterday, the lighthearted 2019 film with the music of The Beatles as its focus. 

Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams will star as punk icon Jordan in Disney+'s Pistol.

Now, Boyle will be directing the adaptation of Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol for the series, which is set to be released this May.

As the synopsis reads: “The furious, raging storm at the centre of this revolution are the Sex Pistols – and at the centre of this series is Sex Pistols’ founding member and guitarist Steve Jones.

“Jones’ hilarious, emotional and at times heart-breaking journey guides us through a kaleidoscopic telling of three of the most epic, chaotic and mucus-spattered years in the history of music.”

The synopsis goes on to describe the upcoming series as a “story of a band of spotty, noisy, working-class kids with ‘no future’, who shook the boring, corrupt establishment to its core, threatened to bring down the government and changed music and culture forever.” 

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Pistol will be available to stream on Disney+ this May.

The recently released trailer is very, very chaotic but honestly? We love it. In the trailer, someone mentions the fact that “people’s minds are too imprisoned – we want to destroy that so that the future can emerge.”

Revolution is the only thing on the cards for these kids and they fiercely proclaim: “We’re going to kick this country awake if it kills us.”

If there was ever a trailer full of quote-worthy lines, it would be this one. Just the simple statement of “Actually we’re not into music - we’re into chaos” is enough to get us pumped for the new series. Watch the trailer for yourself here:

With such a meaty plotline at its core, the cast was always going to be a major talking point and it looks like it’s set to be a series with newcomers and fan-favourite actors alike.

Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams will be starring in the series as Pamela Rooke in Pistol. Rooke, who became an icon of the British punk rock scene under the name Jordan, recently passed away aged 66.

Confirming the news on Monday 4 April, her partner Nick wrote on Brighton And Hove News: “She died peacefully a stone’s throw away from the sea in her home town of Seaford, East Sussex in the company of her loving family at 9pm last night (Sunday 3 April) … after a short period of illness, she succumbed to a relatively rare form of cancer known as cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Jordan was a wonderful woman and will be remembered for countless decades to come.”

The news came just a month before the series is set to be released on Disney+ and Jordan was influential in the vision for the upcoming show. According to The Guardian, she advised Williams on her performance and told her: “You’re in a position of playing a role that is very strong, a strong woman, and a woman set apart, really. I decided that I wanted to be me, like a walking work of art, if you like, and I was totally and utterly unshakable. So she had to bring that to the role.”

Taking to Instagram to honour the punk icon, Williams posted a picture of the pair on the set of Pistol. She wrote: “JORDAN. Your image and your essence will transcend your time here. There will never be anyone like you again, but many will try.

“Jordan gave me her time and her belief. People ask me how I prepared to play her and, truthfully, it was all Jordan. From the shape of the beehive, the rhythm of my speech, to the position I held my shoulders, Jordan sculpted it all and more.

“We aren’t only grateful for her insight and input toward the creation of Pistol, but we owe her our respect for the impact her vision has had on the liberation of women’s bodies.

“She is walking art, and the world is changed since she strode through it. Rest in peace, Jordan… or anarchy, whichever you prefer🖤

Pamela Rooke
Punk icon Pamela Rooke – also known as Jordan – has died aged 66.

Toby Wallace (Babyteeth) will lead the cast as Jones; newcomer Jacob Slater will star as drummer Paul Cook; Anson Boon (The Winter Lake) as John Lydon (also known as Johnny Rotten); Christian Lees as Glen Matlock; Louis Partridge (Enola Holmes) as Sid Vicious and Sydney Chandler (Don’t Worry Darling) as Chrissie Hynde.

Talulah Riley (Westworld) will feature as a young Vivienne Westwood, Emma Appleton (The Witcher) as Nancy Spungen and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game Of Thrones) as Malcolm McLaren. 

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The Disney+ series is based on Steve Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.

Speaking highly of his upcoming series, Boyle described Pistol as: “Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent.

“This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever. 

“It is the detonation point for British street culture, where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion and everyone had to watch and listen and everyone feared them or followed them.”

Pistol will be available to stream on Disney+ on 31 May. 

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