HBO Details Martin Scorsese’s Upcoming Druggy, ‘Sex-Fueled’ Music Biz Show
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HBO has officially placed a series order for Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger‘s long-in-the-works project about a New York City record executive navigating the changing musical landscape of the 1970s, Collider reports. The network has also revealed the show’s cast and their respective roles.
While HBO has been attached to the show for several years now, they hadn’t given Scorsese and Jagger the green light until recently. Scorsese will direct the pilot episode for the still-untitled project, and continue to serve as one of the show’s executive producers alongside Jagger and others. Boardwalk Empire creator Terrence Winter will act as showrunner.
According to a press release, the show is set in the 1970s and will focus on the “drug and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out.” Bobby Cannavale will star as Richie Finestra, the president of American Century Records, who must make a presently unspecified life-changing decision.
Olivia Wilde will play Finestra’s wife Devon, a former actress and model, who returns to her old lifestyle as Richie navigates his current crisis. Ray Romano also joins the cast as Zak Yankovich, the Head of Promotions at American Century, who’s been in the record business since it was controlled by the mafia.
The rest of the American Century roster features Juno Temple as the ambitious A&R assistant, Jamie Vine; Max Casella as Julius “Julie” Silver, the aging Head of A&R in a young man’s game; Jack Quaid as Clark Morelle, a young A&R executive; P.J. Byrne as Scott Levitt, Head of Legal; and J.C. MacKenzie as Skip Fontaine, another partner of Richie’s and Head of Sales.
The show will also extend far beyond the confines of Finestra’s record label, with an ensemble cast that includes Andrew “Dice” Clay’s coked-out radio station owner Frank “Buck” Rogers, Ato Essandoh’s Lester Grimes, a former singer and ex-colleague of Richie’s, and Ingrid, a Danish actress played by Birgitte Sørensen, who is one of Devon’s close friends and a particular favorite of Andy Warhol. Also, James Jagger (son of Mick) will fittingly play Kip Stevens, the lead singer of Nasty Bits, a burgeoning punk group.
And since this is a show set in New York with Scorsese involved, unsurprisingly the mob will play a role. Bo Dietl will play Joe Corso an “independent promotion man” who may or may not have ties to organized crime, while Armen Garo will play Corrado Galasso, an NYC mob boss, and Robert Funaro will play his chief enforcer, Tony Del Greco.
HBO has not yet announced when production would begin or when the show will premiere.
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