Ian McShane, Nelsan Ellis Join 'Bolden' Cast

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Gary Carr has taken over the title role of jazz musician Buddy Bolden, which was originally to have been played by Anthony Mackie, as filming resumes.

Ian McShane and Nelsan Ellis are joining the cast of writer/director Dan Pritzker’s Bolden, a biopic about jazz musician Buddy Bolden, starring Gary Carr in the title role. His music will be performed in the film by Grammy-winner Wynton Marsalis.

Pritzker completed the first round of filming on the project in 2010 and will shoot new scenes this fall. Initially, Anthony Mackie played Bolden, but according to the filmmakers, because of the production hiatus, Mackie’s schedule conflicted with the new shoots and Carr has stepped into the role.

McShane will portray Bolden’s nemesis Judge Perry, a role that was originally to have been played by Jackie Earle Haley, while Ellis will play the role of Bartley, the entrepreneur who manages the Bolden Band.

Conceived, written and directed by Pritzker, Bolden is being produced by Jon Cornick and Michele Tayler, with executive producers Leonard Loventhal, Ed Arrendell and Marsalis.

McShane, currently starring in Hercules, is managed by Gallant Management and repped by ICM Partners and Independent Talent Group, and legally at Nelson Davis Wetzstein.

Ellis, who plays Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood and currently appears in the James Brown biopic Get on Up, is managed by Brookside Artist Management and repped by ICM Partners.