Gary Barlow has sparked rumors he will make a cameo appearance in Robbie Williams’ upcoming biopic Better Man. The English singer, 51, has been secretly living in Sydney with his daughters Daisy, 13, and Emily, 19, for the last few weeks.
The Take That star has been spotted dining at several popular cafés in the eastern suburbs and working out at F45 gyms. While it’s unclear if Barlow will appear on camera, an industry insider told Daily Mail Australia he has been ‘offering guidance to make sure the story is told right’.
British actor Jake Simmance, of Anatomy of Scandal fame, will play a teenage version of Barlow in Better Man, which is being filmed in Melbourne. The other Take That members will be played by Liam Head (Howard Donald), Jesse Hyde (Mark Owen), and Chase Vollenweider (Jason Orange).
The biopic will see Williams play himself, with the help of de-aging special effects, with actor Jonno Davies filling in for flashback scenes. Michael Gracey, the director behind the 2017 hit musical The Greatest Showman, is helming the project.
Robbie recently joked: ‘There are sex scenes that I do not condone. I am like, “If they must be in there, Michael, then you put them in there.”‘He said that it is a necessity for the script that I get completely naked and I am not sure why as there is one scene where we are in a church and it does not call for it!
‘It is my life and it is what I got up to. It is not anodyne, it is not vanilla. It is drugs, the ups, the downs, the women, the sex.’ It was announced in December that producers would begin filming Better Man at Docklands Studios in Melbourne in early 2022. The production is rumoured to have a $100million budget.
The film will offer a retrospective look at the experiences that shaped Williams as a man and a performer. ‘To tell Robbie William’s beautiful, distinct story, back home, in my own city, is a dream come true,’ Gracey said in a statement.‘There is a creative energy that burns across the Melbourne film industry, and I know this movie will thrive here.’