Exile on Main St. is the most revered and emblematic of Rolling Stones albums, recorded mostly in Keith Richards’ basement in the south of France in 1971. The band had fled to France to escape Britain’s tax man, scattered through the country and descended on Richards’ drug-stocked bunker to record “under very chaotic circumstances,” as Richards wrote in his biography. The legendary sessions have been documented before in the heralded Mick Jagger-sanctioned 2010 documentary Stones in Exile, but Richard Branson now has plans to dramatize the album’s genesis as well. As reported by Deadline, Branson’s Virgin Produced will adapt Robert Greenfield’s book, Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell With the Rolling Stones.
But who will play Mick and Keith in Branson’s proposed biopic?
Both superstars were only about 28 when Exile came together, so hold your Johnny Depp-as-Keith campaign. I envision James Franco in the role of the guitarist, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers — he of the hooded eyelids and pouty lips — as frontman Mick. They’re both a tad older than the Stones were at the time, but not significantly.
Is this a film Stones fans would flock to see? Who do you want in the lead roles of Mick and Keith?