Few bands have had wilder, more insane careers than Mötley Crüe. Their trajectory is representative of all the highs and lows of Eighties heavy metal — a time of excess that hasn’t since returned. Now, a new biopic, The Dirt, is coming out which shines a light on the unbelievable events that unfolded throughout their career. The film is based off of the collaborative autobiography of the band The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, and stars Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee and is directed by Jeff Tremaine (of the Jackass films). Mötley Crüe themselves have also recorded four brand new songs for the film.
The first full trailer for the film dropped today, January 19th, and it seems that the movie will be an unflinching look at all aspects of their storied career. The first half of the clip covers the more glamorous aspects of their rise, including lighthearted family and friends scenes and a montage of the band playing a multitude of different venues from a tiny clubs to larger theaters. The trailer also hints at the darker side of the band’s history: referencing singer Vince Neil’s vehicular manslaughter charges, guitarist Mick Mars’ degenerative bone disease, Nikki Sixx’s drug problems and much more. The film appears to show the price of fame for the Crüe, and the cost it took and cost for them to become a bonafide sensation. The Dirt is out March 22nd on Netflix.