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Robbie Williams ‘in talks’ to perform at AFL Grand Final – eight years after reportedly turning down $1 million bid

Robbie Williams is in talks to perform at this year’s AFL Grand Final.

The League has approached the English singer-songwriter, 48, to present his pre-game or halftime show at the MCG, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph

Although Williams is not yet incarcerated, sources have told the publication that talks have progressed over a multimillion-dollar deal to return him to Melbourne on September 24.

Robbie Williams ‘in talks’ to perform at AFL Grand Final – eight years after reportedly turning down $1 million bid

The AFL has already confirmed that the showpiece will be a daytime event, despite pressure from broadcasters to run a twilight or nighttime schedule to boost ratings.

Last week, Robbie played a surprising private performance at Crown for the 800 guests at La Trobe Financial, following sold-out shows here in April and May.

Williams previously turned down a $1 million offer to play three songs at the 2014 AFL Grand Final.

Although Williams is not yet incarcerated, sources have told The Daily Telegraph that talks have progressed over a multimillion-dollar deal to return him to Melbourne on September 24.

Although Williams is not yet incarcerated, sources have told The Daily Telegraph that talks have progressed over a multimillion-dollar deal to return him to Melbourne on September 24.

Meanwhile, Robbie is currently in Melbourne filming his biopic Better Man, which chronicles his incredible rise from boy band fame to stadium superstar.

Production of the big-budget biopic – billed as ‘a musical fantasy’ – kicked off last month with Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey at the helm.

British actor Jonno Davies, 29, best known for the Amazon Prime series Hunters, will play Robbie as a younger man.

Billed as 'a musical fantasy', Better Man is made in Melbourne by Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey who directed the blockbuster hit The Greatest Showman.  Pictured: Robbie in Sydney in 2016

Billed as ‘a musical fantasy’, Better Man is made in Melbourne by Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey who directed the blockbuster hit The Greatest Showman. Pictured: Robbie in Sydney in 2016

Other cast members include Australian actors Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby), Damon Herriman (Mr InBetween) and filmmaker-actor Anthony Hayes, whose feature film Gold is currently streaming on Stan.

Robbie first rose to fame in the all-boy band Take That, before embarking on a successful solo career in 1996. A string of British hit singles and albums followed.

In 2006, Robbie made it into the Guinness Book of World Records after selling 1.6 million concert tickets in one day.

British actor Jonno Davies, 29, will play Robbie as a younger man in the bio pic.  Pictured: Jonno on the red carpet in 2020 for Amazon Prime's Hunters

British actor Jonno Davies, 29, will play Robbie as a younger man in the bio pic. Pictured: Jonno on the red carpet in 2020 for Amazon Prime’s Hunters

The filmmakers are careful to avoid comparisons to recent musical biopics such as the Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody and the Elton John story, Rocketman.

In an official statement, the production said the film was “a satirical musical based on the life of a pop star.”

The film features re-imaginings of Robbie’s hit songs and stunning visual effects to explore the “demons within” the superstar has had to battle both onstage and off.

Robbie rose to fame with Take That, which was formed in 1989 and had 12 number one singles on the UK Singles Chart, along with eight number one albums (pictured 1994)

Robbie rose to fame with Take That, which was formed in 1989 and had 12 number one singles on the UK Singles Chart, along with eight number one albums (pictured 1994)

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