Paramount Vantage announced in a press release today that writer-director Chase will begin production on the as-yet-untitled movie, described as a “music-driven coming of age story set in 1960s suburbia,” this January in New York City. Up-and-coming actors John Magaro (currently in theaters with the horror flick “My Soul to Take”), Jack Huston (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) and Will Brill (making his feature film debut) are set to star.
And, in welcome news for fans of Chase’s HBO show, the statement also revealed that “Sopranos” star and Bruce Springsteen E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt will produce and supervise the music, as well as serve as executive producer, for the film.
“It’s exciting to be working with [Paramount chief] Brad Grey again, doing my first feature,” Chase said in a statement. “I look back with pleasure on our last outing. I am also thrilled to be working with Steven again, especially on this particular subject. It’s not just that we both worship the same songs and bands from the era — it’s that he obviously knows so much. About every aspect. He embodies a particular spirit of a particular kind of rock and roll. He actually is that spirit.”
With so many details under wraps, it’s hard to know exactly what to expect from the film. But if “Sopranos” is any indication, a music-driven movie is right in Chase’s wheelhouse. So many great moments in the series — from the opening credits each week to the series’ haunting final scene (set to a Journey power ballad, of all things) — have been enhanced by song that it’s hard to imagine music not being an integral part of Chase’s feature debut. To paraphrase Sun Tzu in ’The Art of War”: Bring it on.
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