We were watching a segment the other night on the making of the movie, which was released a couple weeks ago. The mystery is over. Sergey Bezrukov had the honors of playing the great screen bard. Of course, you are taking a big gamble casting anyone for the role, as Vysotsky is still very fresh on many Russians' minds. His music, movies, and television appearances live on, and he is a tough act to emulate. But, it seems Bezrukov satisfied viewers.
The film apparently covers the last four days of his life, turning it into a very dramatic chain of events, judging from the trailer. It has been a huge hit, easily surpassing all other movies this year. Here's a second trailer.