Robin Gibb's son RJ wants Rami Malek to play his dad in upcoming Bee Gees biopic

7 July 2020, 11:41

RJ Gibb thinks Rami Malek is a good candidate for the role of his dad in upcoming Bee Gees biopic
RJ Gibb thinks Rami Malek is a good candidate for the role of his dad in upcoming Bee Gees biopic. Picture: Getty

By Sian Hamer

RJ also said Bradley Cooper is a candidate for the role of uncle Barry Gibb, adding: "He has been approached and we’ll see."

Robin Gibb’s son RJ has said that the upcoming Bee Gees biopic will document the full story of the band’s success – including the highs and the lows.

He's also keen to cast Oscar-winning star Rami Malek as the role of his dad, after seeing his incredible performance as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

“I have had some talks already with possibly Rami Malek to play my dad," RJ said.

"When I saw him play Freddie, he reminded me of my father during the Bee Gees' Massachusetts period [1967].

RJ wants Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek to play his dad in the upcoming Bee Gees biopic
RJ wants Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek to play his dad in the upcoming Bee Gees biopic. Picture: Getty

"I have injected Rami's name into conversations. Nothing is written in stone but I think that would be great."

Film producer Graham King, who worked on Queen's 2018 biographical drama, is working with RJ to develop the new movie.

It's been speculated for months that Bradley Cooper will play Sir Barry Gibb in the band's biopic, after the Daily Mail reported that King had approached the Hollywood actor to star as the singer-songwriter in February.

Read more: Bee Gees movie: Bradley Cooper in line to play Barry Gibb in new biopic

RJ has also shared his hopes for casting Cooper, adding: "Bradley Cooper is a candidate to play uncle Barry.

"He has been approached and we'll see.”

Robin Gibb's son RJ says Bradley Cooper is a candidate for the role of Sir Barry Gibb in upcoming biopic
Robin Gibb's son RJ says Bradley Cooper is a candidate for the role of Sir Barry Gibb in upcoming biopic. Picture: Getty

The upcoming film will apparently follow the three brothers from their arrival from Australia to 1960s London, capturing their ups and downs in the music industry – including how they became legendary disco kings.

Read more: QUIZ: How well do you know the Bee Gees' song lyrics?

"If it were me, I would want everyone to get a full picture of everyone, not only the successes but the pitfalls," RJ said.

Sir Barry Gibb is the only surviving member of the band, following the deaths of twins Maurice (2003) and Robin (2012).