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Shooting set for February

William Hurt is on board to star as the present-day version of Gregg Allman in the biopic “Midnight Rider.”

Tyson Ritter, the lead singer/songwriter of the All American Rejects, has already been cast as a young Allman, along with Wyatt Russell as his brother Duane Allman.

The film is based on Gregg Allman’s biography “My Cross To Bear,” written with Alan Light.

Unclaimed Freight Productions’ Randall Miller and Jody Savin are producing. Savin and Miller wrote the screenplay and Miller will direct.

Open Road Films came on board last year to handle the U.S. and The Exchange will handle the international sales on the film. Sales launched in November at the American Film Market.

Producers are planning to include original Allman Brothers tracks in the film, along with re-recorded performances by the actor/musicians. Production is scheduled to begin in February in Savannah, Ga., at Meddin Studios.

“Midnight Rider” was one of the band’s first successful songs. Gregg Allman struggled with drugs throughout much of his life before becoming sober in the mid-1990s. He underwent a liver transplant in 2010 and continues to perform at the age of 65. Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971.

Hurt has a long-standing relationship with Unclaimed Freight.

“William Hurt actually helped start Randy’s career years ago,” Savin said. “He made an anonymous monetary donation to Randy’s AFI thesis film. And when his identity was revealed, he even agreed to do the voice-over on the film”.

The ICM-repped Hurt will be seen next in Akiva Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale.”

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