When reflecting on rock ‘n roll history, it’s difficult not to see The Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger as one of the biggest icons ever. The Rolling Stones brought that edge to rock ‘n roll at a time when many had already believed to be a tool of the devil, even if acts were a bit tame in comparison. The Stones embraced this image, along with the slithering sexuality of Mick Jagger and haunting riffs to cement their status as rock gods. So, it makes a lot of sense to make a movie about Mick Jagger, considering the mythos surrounding all great frontmen, and they might as well make some money off of it.
So Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with The Rolling Stones is in pre-production, being built off of the book by the same name by Robert Greenfield. The question, though, is who could possibly play Jagger? According to CounsequenceOfSound, the answer might be one that hardcore Stones fans will groan at: Harry Styles. Yes, that kid from One Direction Harry Styles. The same one cast in a Christopher Nolan movie. While One Direction might tonally be on an entirely different spectrum from the Rolling Stones, there does seem to be some mutual admiration between the two camps. I mean, Ronnie Wood even jammed on stage with them before.
Styles is young, can sing, and looks kind of like a young Jagger, so it wouldn’t be a huge stretch, as much as that sounds like blasphemy. At the time, Val Kilmer seemed like a bit too much of a pretty boy to play Jim Morrison in The Doors, yet he did a tremendous job with that. Perhaps if this does come to fruition we’ll need to just give it some time and see how it works out. The inclusion of Styles could attract a new, younger audience to the film and to discover the music of The Rolling Stones, which wouldn’t be a bad thing, either. We need more younger people digging on classic rock as opposed to rolling their eyes at it.