×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford, Joel David Moore Join Gregg Allman Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and Joel David Moore have signed on for the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider.”

The Exchange is selling international rights in Berlin. Shooting is expected to start Feb. 24 in Savannah, Ga.

Tyson Ritter, the lead singer/songwriter of the All American Rejects, has already been cast as a young Allman. Wyatt Russell will play his brother Duane Allman. William Hurt will play the present-day version of Allman and Zooey Deutch (“Vampire Academy”) will play a groupie.

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, with Miller directing from a screenplay he wrote with Savin.

Producers are planning to include original Allman Brothers tracks in the film, along with re-recorded performances by the actor/musicians.

“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 and continues to perform at the age of 65. Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971.

Dushku will play a small town Southern girl who inspires the song “Whipping Post.” Whitford will play Allman’s current manager Michael Lehman and Moore will play manager Bill McEuen, who discovered the brothers and brought them to Los Angeles.

Exec producers include Allman, Lehman, Don Mandrik of Georgia Production Finance, Nick Gant of Meddin and Jim Tharpe of Roadmap Films.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Mindy Kaling Actors on Actors

    Why Mindy Kaling Turned to Social Media to Find the Lead of Her Netflix Series

    Constance Wu (“Hustlers”) and Mindy Kaling (“Late Night”) explained how the internet helped expand the casting pool for their projects during a conversation for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” Wu began the interview: “When I did ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and they were looking for actors, it was crazy how many people said, ‘Well, there are [...]

  • Christian Bale and Matt Damon in

    Box Office: 'Ford v Ferrari' Races to First Place, 'Charlie's Angels' Collapses

    “Ford v Ferrari” left its box office competitors in the dust as the historical sports drama from Disney and 20th Century Fox sped its way to $31 million in North America. Directed by James Mangold and starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, “Ford v Ferrari” debuted ahead of expectations, thanks to strong word-of-mouth from moviegoers. [...]

  • In ‘Motherless Brooklyn,’ Edward Norton Takes

    In 'Motherless Brooklyn,' Edward Norton Takes on Timeless Power Struggles

    In Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” the ‘50s-set New York noir detective story he produced, directed, wrote and stars in, politics are never far from the surface. But they’re not the obvious parallels to any racist autocrats from New York of modern times, but instead focus on more timeless politics – the way disabled people and [...]

  • Gods of Mexico

    'Twentieth Century,' 'Dove and the Wolf,' 'Hurricane Season' Win Los Cabos Festival

    LOS CABOS  —  “The Twentieth Century,” Matthew Rankin’s crazed retelling of Canadian history, won the main Los Cabos Competition this Saturday, beating out a prestige lineup of some of the most notable festival standouts of the year. The win at Los Cabos, whose competition is focused on movies from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, adds [...]

  • 'Joker' Cinematographer Lawrence Sher Wins at

    'Joker' Cinematographer Lawrence Sher Wins at EnergaCamerimage Film Festival

    “Joker” cinematographer Lawrence Sher’s bid, along with director Todd Phillips, to try something “perhaps even a bit artful” won big Saturday in Torun, Poland as he took the top prize at the EnergaCamerimage Intl. Film Festival. The Golden Frog for cinematography, along with the audience prize, went to his work filming Joaquin Phoenix in the [...]

  • Roberto Schaefer

    Netflix Image Enhancement Rules Take Cinematographers by Surprise

    A Netflix requirement that cinematographers capture films in HDR, or high dynamic range, has taken many by surprise, filmmakers say, but those at the 27th EnergaCamerimage festival in Poland seem increasingly accepting of the change. DP Roberto Schaefer, whose “Red Sea Diving Resort” screened at the cinematography fest in the historic city of Torun, said [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content