Earlier this week, we reported that the upcoming Gregg Allman biopic has cast its lead: Tyson Ritter, of pop-rock band the All-American Rejects, will play Gregg. We also reported that the film will portray a young Gregg’s journey from struggling artist through the formation and subsequent success of the Allman Brothers Band but that the film will also show an older Allman. The question was, who was going to play the sixty-something version of the singer/keyboardist?
Today, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the older version of Allman will be played by William Hurt. Hurt won an Best Actor Oscar in 1985 for his role in Kiss of The Spider Woman, and has co-starred in Children Of A Lesser God and Into The Wild, among many others.
In other Allman news, he recently told Rolling Stone that he had gotten the producers of the film to do some rewrites on the script, saying, “I have veto rights over everything. Think about it, man. If you had them doing your life story on the big screen, wouldn’t you want to be able to erase anything out of there that you didn’t want?” He noted that he’d be very hands-on once production starts: “I know I need to be there every single day if I want it done right.” He also told the magazine that he’s currently working on two solo albums, including a follow-up to 2011’s T-Bone Burnett-produced Low Country Blues.
— Brian Ives, Radio.com