Published Dec 17, 2013Warped Tour fanatics and classic rock diehards will soon have a music film they can agree on, as All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter has signed up for the starring role in a new biopic about Allman Brothers Band singer Gregg Allman.
The flick, which is called Midnight Rider, will feature actor Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens) as Gregg's brother Duane, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1971 at age 24. It's based on My Cross to Bear, Gregg's 2012 memoir.
The film is being directed by Randall Miller, who wrote the screenplay along with co-producer Jody Savin. It's coming out through Miller and Savin's Unclaimed Freight Productions company with Brad Rosenberger. (Miller and Savin were also behind this year's CBGB.)
Variety notes that the film focuses on two parts of Gregg's life: the formation and ultimate success of the Allman Brothers, and the singer's struggles with drugs and alcohol. The musician and his manager Michael Lehman are involved as executive producers, and Allman Brothers material with appear in the film. There will be original tracks by the band in addition to re-recorded versions by the actors.
Production will get underway in February in Savannah, GA, a couple of hours' drive away from the Allmans' home in Macon.