Keith Richards' memoir to become a movie -- so who should play him onscreen?


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Earlier this week, Keith Richards revealed that there are plans afoot to turn his bestselling autobiography Life into a movie, according to British newspaper the Telegraph. But which actor possesses the requisite rock’n’roll swagger to embody the Human Riff?

One obvious choice is, of course, Richards’ buddy Johnny Depp, whose four Keef-inspired performances in the Pirates of Caribbean quadrilogy could be regarded as one long audition tape for the project.

Depp can also play guitar, is currently at work on a documentary about the Rolling Stones legend, and has the added advantage of being one of the biggest movie stars on the planet.

But there are a number of Richards’ fellow Brits who might consider themselves in with a chance of getting the gig, from David Tennant to Jason Isaacs to Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch. And let’s not forget Robert Pattinson, another hugely famous, guitar-playing thesp — and one who has experience playing a character with mixed feelings about direct sunlight.

Who would you like to see playing Keith (and, for that matter, Mick)? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Clete

    Hugh Hefner

    • Ben

      Emma Stone.
      Next question please

      • Tom

        The Rolling Stones is overrated.

      • Mike

        Love him and was amazing

    • Shellibelli

      i dont know are there any unemployed zombie actors out there?

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  • Punxsutawney Phil

    Michael Wincott. Stop, look, and listen.

    • ikagirl

      Nice choice!

  • Heather

    I thought it was obvious…Johnny Depp (especially after basing Captain Jack Sparrow on Richard AND Richard playing the elder Sparrow in the third Pirates movie!)

  • Johnny Depp is Hot!

    Johnny Depp is too gorgeous and sexy to play Keith Richards! Keith Richards is Yuck!!!

    • boocat

      He wasn’t “yuck” when he was young.

      • Mr Hathaway

        When you were young we used rocks for telephones.

  • bringbackrocky

    Is there even a question that it should be Johnny Depp?

  • Tvjunkie

    Gary Oldman, wirthout a doubt

    • Stephanie

      Totally agree!

  • Hv

    Geoffrey Rush.

  • idviceroy

    Lady Gaga

  • Jif

    James Franco

    • Casey

      Mmmmm hmmmmm!

  • LoveBug68

    Jonathon Rhys Meyers….

    • jillyro

      Like that choice, just needs to rough up his skin

  • Thad

    Cloris Leachman

    • Madge

      Betty White!!

      • Thad


      • Lutz

        I’m not sure, but it would help tremendously if the actor who portrays him has been dead for at least 10 years

  • marge

    Jackie Earl Haley – most of the people suggested are too good looking to play Richards. Haley would bring the rough looks and demeanor needed to portray him.

  • td

    Krammer on Seinfield

    • Lutz

      Hmmmm….don’t remember a “Krammer” on Seinfeld……

    • Jennifer Weston

      That would be Michael Richards. He’s got the right physique, but his singing voice would have to be dubbed.

      • Gusteaux

        Singing voice? Have you ever heard Keith sing?

  • kynne

    Gotta be Johnny! Granted he is way better looking than Richards, but, hey, Hollywood usually casts a better looking actor for a bio.

    • Mathis

      Anyone who plays him will be better looking.

      • Hey Now!!!

        Keef wasn’t bad looking when he was in his 20’s. His lifestyle just finally got the best of him when he hit his 40’s.

  • tiebaojin

    I don’t think anyone can play him. Keith Richards is a totally one-of-a-kind person. Anyone who tried would just be a pale parody against the real man.
    P.S. Loved his book!

    • Bonnie

      There really isn’t anyone who could play Keith– the closest thing would be Johnny Depp with his never ending cheekbones (check earlier pics of Keith– major cheekbones going on there)….I guess we’d just have to settle for Depp.

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