“Moonage Daydream” Trailer Reveals Riveting New Footage of David Bowie

“Questions have arisen such as is who he is, what is he, where did he come from, is he a creature of a foreign power, is he a creep, is he dangerous, smart, dumb, nice to his parents, real, a put-on, crazy, sane, man, woman, robot—what is this?”

These are the words that open the chills-inducing first trailer for Moonage Daydream, the first-ever feature-length film about David Bowie and sanctioned by his estate. Capturing such an uncategorizable colossus in a single film might sound nigh on impossible, but Morgen had unlimited access to Bowie’s archives, which included thousands of hours of rare performance footage, as well as access to all of Bowie’s master recordings.

Bowie will be remembered first and foremost as one of the most pivotal musicians of his generation, a genre, and gender-bending genius, but he was much more than just a rock god. He was also an actor, painter, sculptor, screenwriter, and more, and Morgen’s task was trying to capture all that without containing Bowie as any one thing. Speaking at CinemaCon about taking on David Bowie as his subject, Morgen told the crowd that “Bowie cannot be defined, he can be experienced.”

Morgen is no stranger to tackling larger-than-life musical gods. His film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck artfully unpacked Cobain’s legacy in masterful fashion. He’s also directed the much-admired docs The Kid Stays in the Picture, about the legendary film producer Robert Evans, and Jane, which looked at the legendary (and ongoing) life and work of primatologist Jane Goodall.

Morgen and his team have spent five years working on the film. At long last, the world will get to see this unprecedented look at one of the greatest artists of the last century.

The film is having its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival tonight in their Midnight Screenings section. Check out the trailer below. Moonage Daydream arrives in theaters in September.

Here’s the synopsis for Moonage Daydream:

A cinematic odyssey exploring David Bowie’s creative and musical journey. From visionary filmmaker Brett Morgen and sanctioned by the Bowie estate. Five years in the making and featuring never-before-seen footage, experience it in theaters and IMAX this Fall.

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Featured image: Art from Moonage Daydream. Courtesy Neon.


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