HBO’s Scorsese-Jagger Rock Drama Adds ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Star, Andrew Dice Clay and More
It amuses us to no end that HBO’s forthcoming period rock and roll drama from the likes of ‘Boardwalk Empire‘ Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger still hasn’t settled on a title, yet continually expands its cast to biblical proportions. Joining Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde and Ray Romano today are Mick Jagger’s own son James, comedian Andrew “Dice” Clay, a ‘Wolf’ of Wall Street, and many more.
Previously titled ‘History of Music,’ the new drama stems from an idea by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, with Martin Scorsese on board to executive produce. Cannavale stars as Richie Finestra, a handsome and charismatic New Yorker who heads A&R at American Century Music and undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. The cocaine-fueled record executive operates in New York City circa 1977, when “punk, disco and a new form of music called hip-hop collided.”
While Romano will take the role of Richie’s partner Zak Yankovich and Wilde Richie’s actress-model wife Devon, Deadline reports that ‘Wolf of Wall Street’s P.J. Byrne will play Scott Leavitt, the head of legal for American Century Records; leaving Joe Caniano as Richie’s as longtime chauffeur and confidante Leo; and Andrew “Dice” Clay as Frank “Buck” Rogers, the obnoxious, cocaine-fueled owner of a chain of radio stations.
Additionally, the show features Ato Essandoh as Richie’s former singer colleague Lester Grimes, Robert Funaro as chief mob enforcer Tony Del Greco, James Jagger as Nasty Bits punk singer Kip Stevens, Birgitte Sorenson as Ingrid, a Danish actress favored by Andy Warhol and close friend of Devon, and J.C. Mackenzie as Skip Fontaine, head of sales for American Century Records. Lest we forget, there’s also Juno Temple, Max Casella and Jack Quaid.
Winter wrote the script for the pilot, joining Jagger and Scorsese as executive producers, along with Jagged Films partner Victoria Pearman and Scorsese’s manager, Rick Yorn. ‘Breaking Bad‘ alum George Mastras will act as showrunner. Production is scheduled to start this summer, but what do you think of the cast at least? Got any good ideas for a title?