Momentum Pictures has acquired North American rights to Wheeler, a country music movie starring Stephen Dorff, who also co-wrote and produced the film and did the original music and score. Ryan Ross directed it. Momentum, an eOne label, is now set to open in theaters February 3.
Wheeler is the story of an aspiring musician from Kaufman, Texas, who travels to Nashville with the lifelong dream of trying his hand at country music. Dorff used prosthetic makeup and, with only a few in the know, as “Wheeler” converses with real people in real locations, with every musical number performed live including at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe. Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Tomberlin and rising star Audrey Spillman also appear and perform.
“Stephen Dorff delivers a stellar performance,” said Ian Goggins, Momentum’s SVP Content. “His passion and dedication is evident in this unconventional, noteworthy film. We are confident that country music fans as well as general audiences will appreciate the craft that went into creating Wheeler.”
Tomberlin, Mickey Raphael and Derek Vanderhorst executive produced the film. Tinsley Studio’s Christien Tinsley (Westworld) and his team provided the makeup.