Gad lands 'Rocker' gig at Fox unit


Josh Gad will star opposite Rainn Wilson in "The Rocker," a music-themed comedy Peter Cattaneo is directing for Fox Atomic. Shawn Levy and Tom McNulty are producing via their 21 Laps Entertainment banner.

The film centers on a failed, over-the-hill drummer (Wilson) who, 20 years after getting booted out of his now uber-famous former band, gets a second chance at fame with a new band.

Gad plays Wilson's nephew and head of a high school rock band that Wilson ends up joining.

Ryan Jaffe wrote the original screenplay, while Wallace Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes are penning the most recent draft.

Principal photography is set to start June 18 in Toronto.

President of production Debbie Liebling is overseeing the project for Atomic.

Gad took over Dan Fogler's Tony Award-winning role as William Barfee in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on Broadway in 2006. This fall, he stars alongside Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton and Fred Willard in Fox's "Back to You," scheduled to air Wednesdays. On the feature side, Gad will be seen in "21," with Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth, as well as Wayne Kramer's immigration ensemble "Crossing Over."

Gad is repped by ICM, Diane Perez Entertainment and attorney Cliff Gilbert-Lurie.
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