Friday, February 7, 2014

Gregg Allman biopic update

Filming for the Gregg Allman biopic, “Midnight Rider”, will star February 24 in Savannah, Georgia, according to Variety.

The paper reports Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and Joel David Moore have signed on for the project, joining Tyson Ritter - the lead singer/songwriter of the All American Rejects – who will play a young Gregg Allman, Wyatt Russell as brother Duane, and William Hurt as the present-day version of Allman.

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.

“Midnight Rider” is based on Gregg’s 2012 biography “My Cross To Bear.”

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

Gregg recently confirmed that the Allman Brothers Band will stop touring after marking their 45th anniversary this year.

“This is it—this is the end of it,” Gregg told Relix. “45 years is enough and I want to do something else, anyway. Everyone has their own real good respective bands.”

Gregg’s comments came on the heels of a joint announcement last month by guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks that they’ll be leaving the group at the end of the year.

See also:

Allman Brothers Band to split after 45 years
Allman Brothers add more Beacon Theatre dates
VIDEO: Gregg Allman honored with tribute concert
Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks leaving Allman Brothers Band
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