8:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Showtime's Cameron Crowe Comedy 'Roadies' Casts Quintet
Showtime's Cameron Crowe rock comedy Roadies is beginning to take shape.
Enlightened alum Luke Wilson will star in the comedy that follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the crew members who get the show on the road, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Additionally, The Look of Love's Imogen Poots, Whale Rider's Keisha Castle-Hughes, NCIS: Los Angeles' Peter Cambor and Rafe Spall (Prometheus) will co-star in the ensemble comedy pilot.
Crowe, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for 2000 rock drama Almost Famous, is writing and directing the pilot — with Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) and J.J. Abrams on board to executive produce the comedy from Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot, Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions. Holzman will serve as showrunner, with Bad Robot's Bryan Burk and Kathy Lingg on board as EP and co-EP, respectively.
Wilson will play road-weary, sleep-deprived tour manager Bill, who is five years sober, and the best friend a band could have on the road. Poots is set as Kelly Ann, a first-rate electrical tech with a great heart, questionable people skills and a desire to make her mark on the world. Oscar-nominee Castle-Hughes will portray the band's outspoken and passionate sound mixer Donna Mancini, who every day leads her road family in their favorite ritual, The Song of the Day. Cambor is Milo, an offbeat American anglophile guitar tech, not big on personal hygiene, who revels in his road-worthy, slightly skuzzy charm. Spall is Reg Whitehead, a successful British financial adviser sent by management to oversee the crew's budget, though he knows less than zero about the music business.
Wilson (Rushmore, Anchorman, Legally Blonde, Charlie's Angels) is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein; Poots (The Look of Love, V for Vendetta) is with CAA, Independent Talent Group and Morris Yorn; Castle-Hughes, who next has a role on HBO's Game of Thrones, is with Emptage Hallett and Industry Entertainment; Cambor (Notes From the Underbelly) is with Paradigm, Brillstein Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.