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Confirmed... Iggy Pop gets some Wood! THE PASSENGER filming this year!

Published at: May 16, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I remember hearing about this project, THE PASSENGER, a little while ago, a biopic about Iggy Pop with Elijah Wood starring as the singer. Then it kinda disappeared. Now it has resurfaced and it looks like they got their budget and are on track to film this year with Wood still in the lead and Nick Gomez (DROWNING MONA) directing. Iggy Pop won't be directly involved, but they say the production has his blessing. I've admired the roles Wood has been choosing post-LOTR. He's picked some very interesting things and is doing a great job at keeping himself from being only known as the hobbit.


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  • May 16, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    First, Iggi

    by Droogie Alex

    Yah!

  • May 16, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    cool

    by StreetTrash

    yep...

  • May 16, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    First! And...

    by The8thSamurai

    Drowning Mona sucked. This will be stupid. Where is the LOST talkback?

  • May 16, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Fuck

    by lost.rules

    not fisrt

  • May 16, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    damn

    by The8thSamurai

    not first

  • May 16, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I was whining in the punisher talkback

    by BadMrWonka

    and my dreams came true! more talkbacks!

  • May 16, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Boners

    by coolhanderik

    Elijah Wood is a good actor, but I don't know if I can believe him as Iggy Pop...

  • May 16, 2007, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Hail to the chief of the NASTY,,, THAT'S me!

    by Droogie Alex

    It's nice up here in FIRST class.

  • May 16, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Will he look the part?

    by theBigE

    It took me most of "Green Street Hooligans" before I stopped thinking "Frodo - why's he fighting at soccer games?" Poor Elijah is type-cast for his career, I think. Thanks to Harry for that!

  • May 16, 2007, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Elijah Wood Will Never Be Iggy Pop

    by IForgotAbout19

    And he had better get used to knowing that for sure. The boy can try and dress up like him if he wants, and he can try to fake his way through a couple songs, but aint no way that Elijah Wood will ever be rock'n'roll enough to be Mr. Iggy Pop. Biopics need to stay dead.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:04 a.m. CST

    wait, what?

    by BadMrWonka

    this is ridiculous...I like Wood just fine, but jesus christ...<p>I wrote a script with Elijah Wood playing a young Oprah, and it got rejected, I'm just bitter...

  • May 17, 2007, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Shia for Joey Ramone?

    by GQtaste

    Thats what I want to see a pussy playing a rock n'roll god.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I agree about Elijah picking great roles.

    by brokentusk

    I just wish Billy Boyd would get more high-profile work, guy deserves it.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Good One, GQtaste

    by YokoTits

    Harry Knowles as Jello Biafra. Hey, whatever happened to "What We Do Is Secret"? Hmmm...Bruce Campbell as Jello Biafra?

  • May 17, 2007, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Ewan McGregor already did it

    by CherryValance

    in Velvet Goldmine. I don't really see Elijah Wood doing a better Iggy Pop. That's why the idea of this always bothered me. I am interested in the Joy Division movie though.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Fucking A on Ewan when he played Iggy!

    by GQtaste

    He was brillant. Actually, all involved in that one were great!

  • May 17, 2007, 1:22 a.m. CST

    What's next, Urkel for Jimmi Hendrix?

    by GQtaste

    The problem here is you need somebody that could pull off a rebel like Pop. Somebody that would scare your parents during that time. LOTR's dude doesn't do that.

  • May 17, 2007, 2:12 a.m. CST

    But who will play Bowie

    by Thylacine

    You can’t make a movie about Iggy Pop without the part where Bowie saves Iggy from drugs, gets him a record deal, reunites the Stooges, and then mixes Raw Power. The first two Stooges albums are great… TV Eye… But Raw Power is where it’s at, and I’m sure the film will feature it quite heavily. So, who will play Bowie? Bowie is so damn important to Iggy’s career, that I’m surprised there’s been no mention of him or an actor playing him in this film… My vote for a young Bowie… Cillian Murphy for the win.

  • May 17, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST

    MOST ABSURD CASTING EVER. / Should have been Gosling

    by TheDohDoh

    Seriously, I'm not one to be close-minded about casting decisions, but Iggy Pop is a lithe, sinewy lizard and Wood is not, even if he hits the gym or the needle. My choices: Guy Pierce, Ryan Gosling (perfect), Ed Norton.

  • May 17, 2007, 3:55 a.m. CST

    If you give Iggy Pop enough money...

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    ...he will give his blessing to you punching his grandmother in the snizz. Also, to Michael Clarke Duncan playing him in a biopic.

  • May 17, 2007, 4:53 a.m. CST

    It's all about "Fun House"

    by jjgittes

    With all due respect to "Raw Power", it's the second album that's their best. You could easily make this movie without covering the Bowie period. You could make 30 movies about Iggy each covering different periods and they'd be fascinating. The "narrow" biography is all the rage anyway - look at "Capote" and "The Aviator" - they did a Howard Hughes movies without him cracking up, you can do an Iggy movie covering before the Bowie period even starts. Now having said that .......Wood can't play him in any of the 30 movies you could make.

  • May 17, 2007, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Elijah Wood! Seriously?

    by filmcoyote

    Softy dweeb Elijah Wood last seen playing a dancing penguin as Iggy Pop? That's the funniest casting i've heard in years. And Drowning Mona was appalling. AND Iggy's not involved? This will never see the light of day.

  • May 17, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Iggy's Paddle

    by jasper Stillwell

    Elijah Wood better be having a word with P T Anderson to see if Mark Whalberg's plastic 'schwanschticker' is still for hire because unless Wood is 'packing' there is no way he'll measure up the Ig-meiseter in THAT department. Or maybe they'll just CGI it in later...?

  • May 17, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST

    never as good as Sid & Nancy

    by Spandau Belly

    I doubt another contemporary biopic could ever be anywhere close to S&N. I just end up comparing every film about a contemporary musician to it and they all fall flat.

  • May 17, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Last!!!!

    by darthnoodle

    i can't picture elijah as iggy. he's just not as hard and edgy and frankly i don't want to see his smooth boy chest when he cuts it up.

  • May 17, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Thylacine

    by IndiAbbey Jones

    My mate Steve will play Bowie... he fucking loves him. He blasts out Changes at 4 million decibels everynight. And he pushes his speakers facedown onto the floor so that his parents can appreciate the song when they're in the living room too.. Seriously; the should call Steve

  • May 17, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST

    "never as good as Sid & Nancy"

    by Right Bastard

    I was going to disagree with you, but thinking it over...you are correct. The only halfway decent musician biopics are "Sid & Nancy" and "The Doors". Mostly because they took real cinematic license. That Johnny cash movie played boring as hell. It was like listening to a boring story: ...and then this happened...and then this happened...and then drug problem...and then girl...and then this happened... You know a biopic's boring when you'd rather be watching a straight documentary.

  • May 17, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Nobody looks like this fugly fucker.

    by Nice Marmot

    They should get Andy Serkis in the motion capture suit.

  • May 17, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Sid and Nancy as a film in general

    by kikuchiyoboy

    is wonderful story telling. "24 Hour Party People" was sort of a film about a musicians. It was a pretty good telling of that time and place. <br> <br> Other than that the biopic in general are all soapy kind of films.

  • May 17, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    He better start working out

    by eric haislar

    and like hella he needs to be like 2 percent body fat.

  • May 17, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Iggy/Elijah

    by SVS4Q

    If you look at pictures of a young Iggy's eyes and Elijah's eyes then I can kind of see it. And Funhouse is the greatest record of all time. That is the Stooges. Not Iggy&the Stooges. Raw Power is a great album but it is more conventional and blues based than the first two albums. Ron Asheton over James Williamson any day. Who will play Dave Alexander?

  • May 17, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Carrot Top?

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Maybe the producers should give him the chance. Might be a long shot though.

  • May 17, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Screw Wood! Who's Bowie?

    by astrozombie956

    Not so sure if I like Wood as Iggy. But who's going to be David Bowie? He had a huge part in Iggy's career. I will be very disappointed if there's no Bowie.

  • May 17, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Gomez

    by heffethx

    Gomez is the guy who did Laws of Gravity, New Jersey Drive and Illtown. Drive is one of my favorite films of all time. Check it out. Glad to see he is making films again. He also has done HBO series work. heffethx

  • May 17, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Search and destroy the ring

    by Garbageman33

    Someone better put that pudgy hobbit on a 250 calorie a day diet, like, yesterday. Not saying he has to look just like the guy. After all, Phillip Seymour Hoffman looked nothing like Capote. But there's absolutley nothing about Elijah Wood that would ever make me think of Iggy Pop. This could turn out to be the best comedy of the year. But not intentionally.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Lust for Life

    by HugePrawn

    If I hear "Lust for Life" on one more T.V commercial, or a pathetic attempt to "sound" like the song "Lust for Life" on a T.V commercial, I'm gonna puke.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    boy

    by rambozo

    I saw that boy at sxsw two years ago and he was skinny, getting ready for this role. I don't really see him as Iggy but then again, I am never really happy with movie stars playing good musicians so whatever.

  • May 17, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    They must do the scene from the incident

    by sHapesHiftinLizard

    when the biker in the audience called Iggy out for a fight and Iggy took him up on it and was duly knocked out in one punch from the biker. The next night he was on the radio and challenged the whole biker gang to show up at the next gig. They did and you can hear them throwing stuff at Iggy and the Stooges on the live album 'Open up and bleed'at this very gig. Lester Bsngs described that record as 'the only album I've heard where you can hear beer bottles breaking against guitar. strings'. I'm of the opinion of a wait and see as Ellijah has the eyes for IP as folk whrere sayin', he can act so might pull something off. I've not seen 'Green Street' but i imagine he sticks out like a sore Green thumb in that environment.

  • May 17, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Iggy is the man.Frodo has the eyes but not the fire.

    by pipergates

    can Wood be that crazy? why the hell didnt they go with Guy Pierce? Anyway they better make this r rated or its pointless, we want the sex and drugs and rock all shoving, or nothing. Iggy is the man. my cousin, a straight hetero fella, went to an Iggy concert, Iggy started climbing the scaffolding, and a drop of Iggys sweat fell on my cousin's arm. My cousin almost fainted, like one of the girls at a Beatle's concert.

  • May 17, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST

    It's good to see there are some Iggy and Bowie fans

    by corvette63

    on the talkback. I've been following Woods since he made the movie Radio Flyers. I think he's an awesome actor but he's no Iggy Pop. BTW, check out the Pete & Pete DVD's to see Iggy playing a suburban dad. It's surreal!

  • May 18, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Dead Man

    by astrozombie956

    Check out Dead Man with Johnny D. Iggy has a great part with Billy Bob Thornton.

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