Machine Gun Kelly to play MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee in new film
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In 2001, heavy metal icons Motley Crue released a tell-all book over their career called "The Dirt." The book, which lists all four founding members of the band as authors, along with writer Neil Strauss, dealt with the band's notorious career, which delved deep into the realm of sex, drugs and rock and roll. The book inspired the band's final album Saints of Los Angeles and now it is becoming a movie.

Rap star Machine Gun Kelly took to Twitter to reveal that he has signed on with the movie to play Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. He seemed very excited by apologizing for "being crass" but then exclaimed "holy fu**ing sh*t." He also revealed that his younger brother was hired to play his drum teacher and he plans to learn to play the drums and finish a new album before filming starts. 

Jeff Tremaine will direct the film and Amanda Adelson wrote the script. Those two filmmakers previously worked together on "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" in 2013. Netflix will distribute the movie, after acquiring the rights from Focus Features. 

While Motley Crue had previously said they were not sure if "The Dirt" should become a movie, Blabbermouth reported that singer Vince Neil said he was impressed with the script and said that it is "pretty close" to the book. Neil said he attended a script read and both bassist Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee also attended one in 2014 and said they were also impressed.