Who Should Play Joe Strummer in the Clash Movie?

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Dec. 1 2010 4:08 PM

Who Should Play Joe Strummer in the Clash Movie?

Lovers of rock biopics and leftist politics take note: There is a movie about the Clash in the works . It will be about the making of their seminal album, London Calling , and it’s called, erm, London Calling . ( Slate ’s peanut gallery remarks: Least surprising title choice of all time? I can't wait for the Bruce Springsteen biopic Born in the USA .)

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Haters aside, there’s still the question of who is going to play frontman Joe Strummer. I humbly submit the idea of Andrew Garfield, future Spiderman and fellow Brit, as Strummer, because I would very much like to see Garfield’s poufy hair fashioned into a Mohawk .

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I powwowed with our resident U.K. expert, June Thomas, to figure out casting suggestions for the rest of the band. She offers Jean Claude Van Damme as bassist Paul Simonon, the dentally disadvantaged Steve Buscemi as lead guitarist Mick Jones ("Mick, baby, you're rich; get those teeth fixed," says June), and Tippi Hedren as drummer Topper Headon for obvious reasons.

Please leave better ideas and better-reasoned explanations in the comments.

Jessica Grose is a frequent Slate contributor and the author of the novel Sad Desk Salad. Follow her on Twitter.

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