Rocker Daniel Johns to release ‘Sci-fi’ movie of his life
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Rocker Daniel Johns to release ‘Sci-fi’ movie of his life

June 8, 2022 Share

Controversial Australian has posted a teaser trailer of upcoming semi-autobiographical film What If The Future Never Happened?

Singer and guitarist Daniel Johns is set to release the mind-blowing story of his life, with a Sci-fi twist to it.

Daniel Johns | Photo courtesy of NME

Johns is a mega-star in his native Australia. People in the US may also remember him performing on Saturday Night Live as the youngest artist ever to do so on the show.

Others may remember him as the surfer kid who came out of obscurity to open the 1996 MTV Awards – performing on top of the roof of Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York.

His YouTube channel describes the upcoming 30-minute film, as “a genre-bending, semi-autobiographical feature that puts reality and fantasy in a hyper-speed spin cycle”.

A young Daniel, played by Rasmus King

Rasmus King plays teenage rockstar Daniel, who was singer and guitarist in rock group Silverchair from 1992 to 2011, in What If the Future Never Happened? based on the life of Daniel Johns. It is co-written and co-produced by Daniel’s brother Heath.

Soundtracked by Daniel Johns’s latest album solo FutureNever, and interspersed the musician says it is “inspired by the pop culture I was immersed in before a curious case of child stardom. It’s at once the most honest and most fantastical thing I’ve ever done”.

The real Daniel Johns when he fronted Silverchair | Photo IMDB

The Movie is set in Merewether, New South Wales, in 1994, “mere months before a teenage rockstar called Daniel, played by Rasmus, 17, would conquer the global music world”.

Daniel meets a strange figure from the future who “will change Daniel’s Tomorrow forever”. With a release date to be announced, a feature-length sequel is already in pre-production.


In 2014 Johns was pulled over by police for speeding and was found to be over the drink-drive limit.

In March this year he was involved in a collision, and was found drunk at the wheel, this time in a high range.

Johns said he had been self-medicating with alcohol to deal with his PTSD, anxiety and depression caused by alleged child abuse and domestic violence. He is now seeking treatment and “doesn’t know when he’ll be out” of rehab.

He is due in court later this month.

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