Machine Gun Kelly is the toast of the town as he kickstarts the heart of Netflix’s Mötley Crüe biopic.

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Tony Sokol

Jan 19, 2018

Machine Gun Kelly got a cozy little job. He’s taking a piece of Netflix’s action on the Mötley Crüe biopic, The Dirt according to Variety.

Machine Gun Kelly, aka MGK but born Colson Baker, will play Tommy Lee. The rapper is already preparing beats for the role.

“I got the movie to hire my little bro as my drum teacher,” Kelly wrote on Twitter. “Kept it in the family. i WILL learn the drums and finish the new album before we start filming.”

Netflix’s biopic will be an adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s 2001 memoir, The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. The film will be directed by Jeff Tremaine, who heads the Jackass franchise. The screenplay is being written by Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Tom Kapinos, who writes for Showtime’s Californication.  Tommy Lee appeared on the season 4 episode of the series “Lights, Camera, Asshole,” performing “Home Sweet Home” at a barroom piano.

The Mötley Crüe biopic project has been in production for over ten years. Larry Charles was initially slated to direct the film for both Paramount and MTV Films in 2006. The Dirt landed at Focus Films in 2015. Tremaine was hired to direct the film five years ago. The casting news could be signs that The Dirt is being kick-started.

“Hey kids! Good news,” Lee confirmed by tweet. “The Mötley Crüe movie ‘The Dirt’ has begun pre production! Starts shooting in Feb! Here we go!!!”

Mötley Crüe is best known as an 80s hair band. They formed in L.A. They released their first album, Too Fast for Love, in 1981. They went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide. Mötley Crüe played their last concert at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve in 2015.

Machine Gun Kelly is signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint. His latest album, Bloom, was recently certified gold. The rapper occasionally plays guitar on his tracks. MGK acted in the films The Land and Nerve. He had a reoccurring role in Cameron Crowe’s Showtime TV series Roadies.

There is no word yet on who has been cast as the other members of the band. No official release date has been set.