Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford Join Gregg Allman Biopic
Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and Joel David Moore have joined the cast of Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic being made by Unclaimed Freight Productions' Randall Miller and Jody Savin.
Tyson Ritter and William Hurt are portraying Allman young and old, respectively, while Wyatt Russell will play brother Duane Allman. Zoey Deutch and Chad Lindberg are also already cast.
Dushku will play a small town Southern girl whose embrace inspires one of Alllman's most wrenching tunes "Whipping Post."
Whitford (Saving Mr. Banks) will play Gregg's current manager, Michael Lehman, who Allman credits with turning his career around.
Moore (Avatar) will play the Allmans' first manager, Bill McEuen, who discovered the brothers and brought them to Los Angeles.
Open Road Films is releasing the film domestically while The Exchange is handling international sales.
The movie is telling two stories: Gregg Allman's journey from struggling artist through the formation and subsequent success of The Allman Brothers Band, which saw the musician succumb to the excesses of rock and roll; and Gregg Allman's realization at 64 that he has to get clean for good or risk losing his life.
Savin and Miller penned the screenplay, and Miller will direct. The duo are also producing. Allman and Lehman are acting as executive producers.
Shooting will begin Feb. 24 in Savannah, Ga., at Meddin Studios.