Newcomers Braeden Lemasters, Isaac Jay, Uriah Shelton, and Dylan Snyder are on board to star, with Caruso writing and directing. Michael Nader co-wrote the script with Caruso.
The project is based on Caruso’s short film of the same name, which he also penned and helmed.
The film, which explores jazz and historic Central Avenue in South Central Los Angeles, centers around four jazz-loving teenagers who venture from their homes in Pasadena to South Central in order to hear the legendary bandleader Pope Dixon (Cathey) play a one-night-only show in 1959. The group encounters a side of Los Angeles, culture, and jazz that they never knew existed.
Shane Harper, Gatlin Green, Coco Jones, Connor Paolo, and Anthony Laciura are also in the cast. William Day Frank will produce along with Caruso, who will produce through his production company Bristol Pictures.
Cathey appeared on the Netflix show “House of Cards,” which earned him an Emmy for outstanding guest actor in a drama series in 2015 for his role as Freddy. He was also nominated for the award in 2014 and 2016. He is repped by Paradigm.
Caruso is is repped by WME and attorney Jill Smith.