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08 August 2021

David Bowie’s ‘Labyrinth’ To Return To US Cinemas To Celebrate 35 Years

David Bowie Labyrinth US Cinemas 35 Years
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Labyrinth, a milestone film in David Bowie‘s acting career, will return to the big screen in celebration of its 35th anniversary.

The film, which was directed by Jim Henson and co-stars Jennifer Connelly in her breakout role, will embark on a limited theatrical run in the US on 12, 13 and September 12, 13 and 15. The screenings come via Fanthom Events.

Bowie stars as Jareth the Goblin King in the film, which follows 16-year-old Sarah (Connelly) and her journey to rescue her baby brother Toby from an elaborate maze controlled by Jareth.

Although it did not perform well at the box office upon release, the film’s cult legacy has grown in stature to this day, in-part due to Bowie’s performance.

In a behind-the-scenes book marking the 30th anniversary of the film, it was revealed that Henson had Freddie Mercury and Rod Stewart in his sights for the role of Jareth before Bowie took the part.

Jareth became one of Bowie’s most memorable acting roles, with the singer also having appeared in The Man Who Fell To Earth and The Hunger, as well as cameos in The Last Temptation Of Christ and Zoolander. His final acting role was in stock market drama August in 2008 opposite Josh Hartnett and Naomie Harris.

Last month, Bowie‘s team paid tribute to jazz guitarist and three-time Bowie bandmate John Hutchinson, after he passed in hospital over the weekend following a long period of illness.

The Bowie estate said in a statement: “Ours [sic] thoughts are with the family and friends of John Hutchinson who passed in hospital yesterday after a long illness,” read a post shared on the David Bowie social media accounts. “John was described as ‘a semi-retired and little-known jazz guitarist and a veteran of three important David Bowie bands for seven years between 1966 and 1973.”

Hutchinson, who first auditioned to be part of David Bowie’s band in 1966, went on to play a residency with David Bowie & The Buzz at London’s Marquee Club, in addition to other live and television appearances throughout the UK with the group.

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