All-American Rejects Frontman Cast as Gregg Allman in Upcoming Biopic
By Brian Ives
The roles of two iconic rockers have been cast for the upcoming Gregg Allman biopic, which has the working title of Midnight Rider, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Tyson Ritter, frontman of pop-punk band the All-American Rejects will play the role of Gregg, while Wyatt Russell, son of actor Kurt Russell, will play his late brother and Allman Brothers Band bandmate Duane Allman. The film is based on Gregg Allman’s memoir, My Cross To Bear, which he co-wrote with music journalist Alan Light. It will be directed by Randall Miller, who helmed the recent film about the New York City punk rock club CBGBs.
Both Ritter and Russell will sing and play instruments throughout the film, which will include original Allman Brothers tracks, as well as re-recorded versions of songs by the actor/musicians. Production on the film is slated to start in February.
According to the THR, the film will tell the story of Gregg Allman’s journey from struggling artist through the formation and subsequent success of The Allman Brothers Band; it will also show an older Allman, who, at 64, realizes he has to clean up his act.
There’s a lot of other Gregg Allman-based activity this year, starting with a huge tribute to the man this Friday night at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” will feature a lineup of major stars from all over the musical (and political) spectrum, including Trace Adkins, Jackson Browne, Eric Church, Natalie Cole, Brantley Gilbert, John Hiatt, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan of Train, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Don Was Widespread Panic, as well as, of course, the other members of the Allman Brothers Band.
February will see a number of archival Allmans releases, and in March, the Allman Brothers Band will return to New York City to play their annual residency there.
(Gregg Allman by Cory Schwartz/Getty Images)