Michael Gracey to direct biopic on singer Robbie Williams

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Los Angeles, Feb 23 (PTI) "The Greatest Showman" director Michael Gracey will helm "Better Man", a biopic on English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams.

The film will chronicle the story of Williams’ ascent, exploring the experiences that made him who he is, and the demons he battled both on and off the stage as he became a huge star on the back of hits like "Angels".

According to Deadline, Gracey wrote the script along with first-time screenwriters Oliver Cole and Simon Gleeson.

The movie will be backed by Jules Daly for Big Red Films and Craig McMahon for McMahon International. Gracey will also produce.

The director said the movie came out of hours of free flowing conversations he had with Williams and his take on it will be "original".

"I remember going to the cinema as a kid and there were films that blew me away and made me say as I sat there in the cinema, ‘I’ve never seen this before.’ I just want the audience to have that feeling. It’s so important when they watch this story, and look at the screen, that they literally think, I’ve never seen this before.

"All I can say is the approach is top secret, but the goal is to generate that feeling I just described. It’s this fantastical story, and I want to represent it in its harsh reality all the way to these moments of pure fantasy," Gracey said.

Robbie started his career at the age of 16 as a singer in boy band Take That. But he soon became a solo artiste.

Some of his popular album include 'I've Been Expecting You' (1998), 'Sing When You're Winning' (2000), 'Swing When You're Winning' (2001), 'Escapology' (2002), 'Intensive Care' (2005) and 'Rudebox' (2006).

He is the winner of 18 Brit awards. PTI RB.