Ewan McGregor To Play Kurt Cobain

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is reportedly being considered to play Kurt Cobain in a movie about Cobain's life.

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Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is reportedly being considered to play late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in a movie about Cobain's life, according to England's Daily Express.

McGregor, who has starred in films such as "Trainspotting" and played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the recent "Star Wars" prequels, is said to be the favorite choice of Cobain's widow, singer Courtney Love. A source told the Express, "A number of actors have been talked about (for) the role but Ewan has emerged as the number one choice."

McGregor has played a rock star before, appearing as a character allegedly based on Iggy Pop in the 1998 film "Velvet Goldmine".

Love recently wrote at Moonwashedrose.com that a film based on the 2001 Cobain biography "Heavier Than Heaven" was in the early stages of production, with two actors up for the role of the troubled singer and guitarist. Love also said that the actress hired to play her was "a little too pretty."

No other details about the Cobain movie have been revealed, including the director and release date. Although this would be the first official movie about Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994, the 2005 film "Last Days" was a highly fictionalized account of a Cobain-like musician's final week of life.

Credits for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    Eddy Hitler
    MyNameBeMikal wrote: cman138 wrote: NO!!!!! Don't ruin Star Wars with this blasphemy! Yeah! Leave that to Lucas! (Been done already)
    i agree
    joshua029
    cman138 wrote: NO!!!!! Don't ruin Star Wars with this blasphemy! Fuck Nirvana
    i award you biggest effin dork on UG. way to win there buddy...
    Scourge441
    Kurt Cobain is dead, and we need to let him rest. There's no sense in mindlessly worshipping him. Yes, he made some good music and yes, he changed rock as we know it, but his entire career was based on not being a sheep. Don't piss on his legacy by making him your idol.
    TheColony746
    As long as there is lightsaber action, droid fighting, and someone being hurled through a car windshield, I am fine with that!
    CustomCustom
    curt was a good songwirter who liked to get high on heroine then didnt see any reason to continue in the day to day bullshit that the rest of us he left behind must confront. easy way out? yes. but in a better place? yes. The End do we really need a movie about it? no.
    itrytofixtabs
    Dallen_007 wrote: itrytofixtabs wrote: Learn_to_fly wrote: nirvana = second most overrated band ever. (they trial behind tool) but ewan mcgregar pwnz. he ACES every role he plays, a class actor. im just wondering if hes gonna learn to play guitar... and who the ass is gonna play Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic??? you cant NOT have them in the movie... I agree with everything you said but seriously Kurt was a crap guitarist and it should only take Ewan afew weeks to learn to play like Kurt. Just because his parts were simple does not make him a bad guitarist. His parts were catchy, fun, simple, and melodic but still heavy. Like it or not Kurt had a great sense for melody.
    My point was Kurt's guitar riffs are so easy to play that Ewan should be able to learn them in afew weeks even if he has never layed guitar before.
    theDOORS123
    i was just thinking about this... and its a little random but has anyone ever noticed things like, how when krist/dave wanna do something such as release a nirvana greatest hits album, courtney love flips a sh*t, and demands it not be done saying how kurt would hate it....and then she goes and does things like release his personal journals/tries creating movies about him exploiting him about 94293847x more than a cd ever would.... just seems a little hypocritical on her part but...i guess its not the first time either
    BoF
    METSOAD wrote: hmmm Obi Wan Kenobi plays Kurt Cobain...
    ewan didnt only play obiwan. he was in lots of other films. and hes a good actor too
    ElThomas
    theDOORS123 wrote: i was just thinking about this... and its a little random but has anyone ever noticed things like, how when krist/dave wanna do something such as release a nirvana greatest hits album, courtney love flips a sh*t, and demands it not be done saying how kurt would hate it....and then she goes and does things like release his personal journals/tries creating movies about him exploiting him about 94293847x more than a cd ever would.... just seems a little hypocritical on her part but...i guess its not the first time either
    thats true yknow. at the beginning of the journals kurt says "dont read these" and she publishes em so she can pick up some extra cash but when stuff like silver comes out, she goes insane. i still think she had a lot to do with kurts death...probly more than well ever know... mcgregor isnt a bad actor but i think they should get someone that better fits kurt. i dunno. im still gonna see the movie any way
    washingmachine
    life_247 wrote: Last Days was the worst self indulgent piece of crap i have ever seen in my life. Utter tripe.
    What? Are you crazy? Last days is a brilliant example of Gus Van Sant's minimalistic beauty in the art of making films. Cobain himself (being a Van Sant fan)would have enjoyed it. Very few people can appreciate Gus Van Sant subtile and gentle style. Plus with Thurston Moore overseeing the music and Kim Gordon in the film its a must see for anyone intrested in Alternative / Indie-Punk scene of the late 80's and early 90's (especially since Vant Sant was deeply involved in that scene himself). Don't listen to certain people with an attention spans of 10mins. Last Days is extremely tasteful! I am a bit doubtful of this film though.
    bungshal
    ianl wrote: mcgregor is a good actor but he doesn't really seem like the kurt cobain time. oh, and why doesn't courtney love play courtney love?
    You think her acting is better then her singing?
    CodeMonk
    I like MeGregor, but I think Woody Harrelson would have been a better choice
    Slut
    washingmachine wrote: life_247 wrote: Last Days was the worst self indulgent piece of crap i have ever seen in my life. Utter tripe. What? Are you crazy? Last days is a brilliant example of Gus Van Sant's minimalistic beauty in the art of making films. Cobain himself (being a Van Sant fan)would have enjoyed it. Very few people can appreciate Gus Van Sant subtile and gentle style. Plus with Thurston Moore overseeing the music and Kim Gordon in the film its a must see for anyone intrested in Alternative / Indie-Punk scene of the late 80's and early 90's (especially since Vant Sant was deeply involved in that scene himself). Don't listen to certain people with an attention spans of 10mins. Last Days is extremely tasteful! I am a bit doubtful of this film though.
    While I wouldn't go that far in praise, I think it was a very interesting movie and I'm glad to have it in my DVD collection.
    Slut
    I also forgot to mention I think McGregor would do very well in the roll, ignoring any thought that they don't fit each other. He's a great actor. Also, I think McGregor would look pretty similar to Cobaine if his face was alittle longer and not so smooshed together.
    Anarion614
    sounds interesting i want to see it...eh...i can see ewan fitting in to that role....
    daver869
    danzig-_- wrote: ugh...another cobain film....leave him alone!!! respect the dead.
    I second that. Everyone knows what happened to him....unless your 10....
    daver869
    Borkov wrote: I wonder how Ewan is gonna pull off the whole left-handed guitar thing... Trainspotting was a good flick too
    good point...is Ewan lefty? If he cant pull it off he would probably be faking it.
    wickbone73
    very good point, i hope he trys to learn a bit so at least it looks like an average guitar player, which, altough very creative and a wicked writer and showman and awesome person, kurt was.
    RememberMyName
    [quote]we DONT NEED a cobain, nowell, morrison, or any movies of dead guys[quote] Fair go; the movie The Doors is how I got into that band. But though there were ficticious facts in that movie, they were for cinematic purposes. Ficticious facts in this movie would be to cover Love's arse. And people who don't like Nirvana/Cobain should get the shit out of this comment section!
    Lgndkllr777
    If Country's doing all of this to make money... why won't they release an offical copy of Nirvana's Unplugged DVD?
    British Josh
    BobStappisI wrote: say what you will...I will still blow 8 bucks to go see it....of course courtney will be portrayed as a saint all the way through the movie...it will not surprise me if she takes credit for winning World War II somewhere in all this....
    HAHA. great. and also, all you douches need to get it through your head. Cobain committed suicide. no one killed him. shut up. this movie is totally unneeded. end of story
    moup
    I think Krist should put a wig on (he bald now)and play himself and Dave should play himself too. And then Kurt could be Samuel L. Jackson. I'm lookin forward to this laughfest.
    Reznik00 wrote: That's all he ever did for the kids in his time, encouraged wasting your life and getting high.
    Kurt actually didn't want people to find about his drug use at first cause he thought stupid kids would start doing drugs.
    British Josh
    Nirvana_RATM2 wrote: Once again that is not why he was MURDERED not killed. Look at the facts before you judge.
    DUMBASS ALERT!
    KY_Rocker
    3lusiv3 wrote: Blood_Covered wrote: wow i hope this is a joke or something because ewan mcwhatever is definitely NOT the one to play cobain. Yeah, it should be Sean Connery, or the guy who played Wolverine
    lol
    itrytofixtabs
    Learn_to_fly wrote: nirvana = second most overrated band ever. (they trial behind tool) but ewan mcgregar pwnz. he ACES every role he plays, a class actor. im just wondering if hes gonna learn to play guitar... and who the ass is gonna play Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic??? you cant NOT have them in the movie...
    I agree with everything you said but seriously Kurt was a crap guitarist and it should only take Ewan afew weeks to learn to play like Kurt.
    Alibi:Destroyed
    They should get Cristopher Walkin to be in the movie cause he's already in every movie ever made plus he's got that great accent. I'm not saying he should play Cobain but it would be cool if they could fit him in.
    Sean-Man
    Alibiestroyed wrote: They should get Cristopher Walkin to be in the movie cause he's already in every movie ever made plus he's got that great accent. I'm not saying he should play Cobain but it would be cool if they could fit him in.
    "i'd be a better actor if i wasn't so creepy"
    theDOORS123
    hmm..this is a tough one i mean, ewen mcgregor is a fairly good actor, but obviously, any movie made about nirvana/kut cobain, as for alot of other bands/singers, is going to bring about alot of controversy/scrutony no matter who the actor is whos playing them i mean, you have some unique movies like Ray or Walk The Line, or maybe even The Doors ( i say 'maybe' because alot of that movie is just fiction). But there arent a whole lot of good movies based off of bands/lead singers/their lives, that actually turn out to be good. maybe some other OK ones, but nothing major should be interesting to see how it comes out...
    theDOORS123
    oh yeah...theres also Almost Famous, which is probably one of the greatest movies ever made in the history of cinema. But being as Stillwater is in fact not a real band, and just a combination of Led Zeppelin/The Allman Brothers, it doesnt really count but in terms of plain old 'music movies' its one of the best...
    DR_SH
    Ewan McGregor is a decent actor. if he can pull off a good American accent then I don't see why he couldn't play Kurt. not to turn it into one of those bitch posts slating everyone else's opinion but I think there are some people like myself that got into Nirvana threw the conspiracy theories. I don't mean that as in dead rocks stars with mysteries surrounding there death = cool I'll listen to them but I think its one of the fascinating things about Nirvana. if someone was to come up to you and say Nirvana whats the 1st thing that would come into your head.... teen spirit or Kurt's "suicide" there are conspiracy theories surrounding things of greater historical importance but then again Kurt was one of musics Icons imo and therefore the truth should come out one day but i don't even think that she would admit to it even on her death bed. http://www.justiceforkurt.com/
    Dallen_007
    itrytofixtabs wrote: Learn_to_fly wrote: nirvana = second most overrated band ever. (they trial behind tool) but ewan mcgregar pwnz. he ACES every role he plays, a class actor. im just wondering if hes gonna learn to play guitar... and who the ass is gonna play Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic??? you cant NOT have them in the movie... I agree with everything you said but seriously Kurt was a crap guitarist and it should only take Ewan afew weeks to learn to play like Kurt.
    Just because his parts were simple does not make him a bad guitarist. His parts were catchy, fun, simple, and melodic but still heavy. Like it or not Kurt had a great sense for melody.
    itsjustinf
    Blood_Covered wrote: wow i hope this is a joke or something because ewan mcwhatever is definitely NOT the one to play cobain.
    You'd never think that Gary Oldman would be the one to play Sid Vicious in 'Sid and Nancy', but that ended up being an amazing performance. Ewan is just as, if not more, capable than any other actor based on his talent alone.
    Borkov
    I wonder how Ewan is gonna pull off the whole left-handed guitar thing... Trainspotting was a good flick too
    Kobrakai
    riffedguitarist wrote: I agree with that. McGregor is a decent actor, but not for playing Cobain. It just kind of gives it that "Nirvana has sold out" feel.
    Nirvana's been sold out for a LONG time now.
    skippy_moogoose
    hey,I'm a big Nirvana fan,so I'm probabaly biased,but,I prefer to concentrate on the music,you know,the thing that makes bands important? rather than all the other stuff. Eveyone seems to be slagging Courtney,but maybe,she's having this movie made, so people will remember her husband? anyone thought of that? the guy was ana amazing artist, but its been 12 years since his death, if a really good movie is made,it seals the legacy, like Walk the Line and Ray. Its gonna be controversial, becuase of who its about,but I bet a lot of Johnny Cash fans thought the same about Walk the line. Just Nirvana have a bigger fanbase. People should remmeber Courtney is a person,not a demon! this can be seen as her tribute to her husbands memory, and maybe a chance for Frances to get involved and learn about her dad? also, its based on Charels R Cross' biography, I've not read it,but I imagaine that the views there will be put forwrad in the film, so, leave off Courtney for a change? also, Ewan Mcreggor is a damn fine actor, and I think he really could pull it off,anyone who's seen him in anything except Star Wars will probably agree.
    Red Maggot
    riffedguitarist wrote: I agree with that. McGregor is a decent actor, but not for playing Cobain. It just kind of gives it that "Nirvana has sold out" feel.
    Oh JUST PISS OFF... The is dead for gods sake how can he have sold out? Dont go on bout Krist and Dave because they own NO rights for Nirvana. So piss right off.
    Dead_End
    GOD DAMNITT, i realize you either love or hate Mr. Cobain, but HE IS DEAD, i grew up in that generation, and i still listen to Nirvana, but it sickens me, we DONT NEED a cobain, nowell, morrison, or any movies of dead guys, i cant even go to the mall without seeing Kurt cobain lighters, shirts, hoodies, flasks... if you like him remember what he did dont make another damn "boo hoo I'm dead, heres a shitty movie to remember me by" project and if you hate him, dont listen to him, when you see a nirvana fan, dont talk to them, isnt it simple? if you like the dead dudes like lennon and cobain, joplin, nowell, hendrix, ect, buy the cds. dont take it further than that we dont need to load stores with this bullshit like "lunchboxes" "flask" "lighter casings" **** it, R.I.P. Mr. Cobain, and any other idolized dead guy people wont let go of..