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Robbie Williams’ film biopic is in crisis after he couldn’t find a leading actor for his role despite an intensive search

ROBBIE Williams is “baffled” at the “difficulty” finding an actor to play the younger version of himself in his new biopic.

The rock DJ legend, 48, who hails from Stoke-on-Trent, is struggling to find someone with the appropriate Stokie twang and demeanor to pull off his teenage antics on screen.

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Robbie Williams was “stunned” after casting difficulties for his new biopic ‘Better Man’.Photo credit: Getty
Directors are struggling to find someone to play the Stoke-born star in his wilder, younger years

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Directors are struggling to find someone to play the Stoke-born star in his wilder, younger yearsCredit: Redferns

The ex-Take That singer’s new film project has already been released and is titled ‘Better Man’.

Directed by Michael Gracey, head honcho of The Greatest Showman, who also directed the hit musical starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.

‘Better Man’ will tell the story of Robbie’s rise to fame – as well as his struggles with alcohol and drugs.

But the casting chaos is causing headaches, a source told The Mirror: “Michael and Robbie recently held top-secret auditions to find a star to play young Robbie.

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“They didn’t meet anyone who they believed could do it.

“Robbie is stunned by how difficult the project was to implement. And now he’s starting to worry it’ll never make it to the big screen, and he’ll look stupid for hyping it up.”

They continued, “London-based studio Rocket Science are handling the international sales of the project and are hoping for a great success.

“Robbie has fans around the world and his story is not without drama.

“But if they don’t find a star charismatic enough to play him, the whole house of cards will collapse and you’ll end up in development hell.”

US SUCCESS?

While Robbie is a household name here, and hit #1 with his debut solo album Life Through A Lens, Michael is convinced the film will finally propel the singer’s career to new heights in the US.

The film will feature new versions of his top songs, re-recorded to fit each scene.

The director said, “For some reason he didn’t tap into that US market.

“Hopefully within the US, they’ll embrace it as much as they did when they met The Greatest Showman. They didn’t know these songs, and yet people fell in love with them and made them their own.

“I think it will be the same with Better Man. They’re going to meet the music for the first time and it’s going to be beautiful because it’s in the context of the film’s narrative.”

Michael previously teased: “How we portray Robbie in the film is top secret.

“I want to do this in a really original way. It’s this fantastic story and I want to portray it from its harsh reality to those moments of pure fantasy.”

The biopic follows a series of superstar-focused blockbusters, including Bohemian Rhapsody about Freddie Mercury and Rocketman about SIR Elton John.

Robbie, who has four children with his wife Ayda Field, has published a series of books chronicling his roller coaster ride as a pop star, but it was conversations with him that inspired the screenplay.

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Michael said he spent several hours with Robbie at his Los Angeles mansion talking about his life to make sure the story was spot on.

During his incredible career spanning more than 30 years, Robbie has notched up 17 #1 albums, toured the world and had his fair share of scandals.

The biopic will be directed by The Greatest Showman's head honcho, Michael Gracey

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The biopic will be directed by The Greatest Showman’s head honcho, Michael GraceyPhoto credit: Getty
The show will focus in part on his earlier rock 'n' roll lifestyle

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The show will focus in part on his earlier rock ‘n’ roll lifestylePhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Robbie in his Take That boy band heyday

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Robbie in his Take That boy band heydayPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

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