Douglas Booth is in talks to play Nikki Sixx in a Motley Crue biopic.

Douglas Booth

Douglas Booth

The 25-year-old actor is said to be in negotiations about taking on the role of the heavy rockers' co-founder in the forthcoming film 'The Dirt', which will tell the story of the group's rise to fame in the 1980s.

According to Deadline, Jeff Tremaine will director the motion picture, which will be based on the 2001 autobiography 'The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band'.

It's not known who might portray drummer Tommy Lee, singer Vince Neil and guitarist Mick Mars, the other co-founding members of the group.

Motley Crue have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, during which time they have produced huge hits such as 1987 track 'Girls, Girls, Girls'.

Last month, bassist Nikki, 58, was said to be turning his attentions to other projects after deciding to end his 'Sixx Sense' radio show - which will broadcast for the final time on December 31 - after nearly eight years.

He is expected to return to working on a Broadway play based on his memoir 'The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star'.

Nikki had previously revealed he had started working on the production.

Speaking in 2015, he said: "The Broadway play is based on the 'The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star' book. We are working on that. It's hard with the mother ship that is Mötley Crüe it takes so much time but it's our number one priority, it always has been."

At the time he also spoke about 'The Dirt' biopic, admitting the group were "really excited" about the film.

He said: "It's interesting because in a perfect world the movie would have come out during the touring cycle. But almost by accident the Mötley Crüe movie is going to come out when the band play the final show.

"And in a sense for us it's extending even further. It's going to be the end and then the movie comes and it will keeps the music alive. So, we are really excited about that.

"We've been talking about releasing it early next year. It's a rough idea who knows, we don't make movies."