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To prepare for the role of a country singer, Dorff immersed himself in the Nashville community, performing at honky-tonks around town

Stephen Dorff plays an aspiring country singer who moves from Texas to Nashville in search of stardom in the new movie Wheeler. Set for a February 3rd release in theaters and On Demand, the film was shot on location in Music City and follows Dorff as he performs – under heavy makeup and prosthetics – as the titular Wheeler at venues around town.

Along the way, Dorff encounters local artists like Audrey Spillman and Bobby Tomberlin, and legends like Kris Kristofferson. (Watch the full trailer below.) Dorff composed and performed all the songs for Wheeler‘s soundtrack, including the single “Pour Me Out of This Town,” co-written with his brother, Nashville songwriter Andrew Dorff (William Michael Morgan’s “Missing,” Ronnie Dunn’s “Bleed Red”). The song is available now on iTunes.

Produced and co-written by Dorff, along with director Ryan Ross, Wheeler is structured around anonymity – only a handful of the cast knew that it was Dorff underneath the makeup, and fans at the Bluebird Café, where he performed, were also unaware.

Tomberlin, Derek Vanderhorst and Willie Nelson’s longtime sideman Mickey Raphael executive produced the film.

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