The Replacements Are Getting Their Own Biopic by Josh Boone

Nat Wolff is going to play Paul Westerberg, while Owen Teague will portray Tommy Stinson

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Sep 1, 2020

Get ready for a biopic about the Replacements, as filmmaker Josh Boone is going to give us just that.

Boone — who just released The New Mutants and has his The Stand TV series coming up soon — is readying a film about the legendary Minneapolis rock unit.

Speaking to Games Radar, Boone explained, "When we were shooting The New Mutants, I started working on, with [co-writer] Knate [Lee], we started working on an adaptation of Bob Mehr's New York Times bestseller Troubled Boys, about the band the Replacements."

By the sounds of things, the project is well underway as well. Boone explained that scripts have been completed for the Replacements film, and they are already turning their attention to casting. While it doesn't sound like final decisions have been completely made, Boone said the following:

Nat Wolff is going to play Paul Westerberg. Nat's been in just about everything I've done. He was in The Stand. He starred in my first movie. He was in The Fault in Our Stars. He's one of the best actors on the planet. Owen Teague, who is in The Stand, is going to play Tommy Stinson in it — really in the second half of it, because in the first half, Tommy Stinson is like a 12-year-old.

They were a band who had like a 12 or 13-year-old bass player through a lot of their early years. So, yeah, we've been working on that for years, and that's really exciting. We've got all the scripts done for that, so I'm literally casting that right now. I'm going to go make that. And then I have a couple of other books under option that I'm sort of working on for after that.

At this point, it's unclear if the Replacements biopic will be a feature film or a mini-series like Boone's upcoming The Stand, but either way, consider us excited.

Boone's The New Mutants is out now, and you can read Exclaim! review now. His upcoming TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand, meanwhile, arrives on CBS All Access on December 17.

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