William Hurt will play Gregg Allman in Midnight Rider, the biopic being made by Unclaimed Freight Productions’ Randall Miller and Jody Savin.
The project, which adapts the Gregg Allman memoir My Cross to Bear, already has Tyson Ritter, the lead singer-songwriter of pop-rock band The All-American Rejects, playing a young Allman while Wyatt Russell is portraying Duane Allman in the movie.
Miller will direct Rider, which he wrote with Savin. The two are producing via their banner, Unclaimed Freight, along with their music biz partner Brad Rosenberger.
Open Road Films will be handling the U.S. domestic release and the Exchange will handle the international sales on the film.
The movie will tell two stories: Gregg Allman's journey from struggling artist through the formation and subsequent success of The Allman Brothers Band which saw the musician succumb to the excesses of rock and roll; and Gregg Allman's realization at 64 that he has to get clean for good or risk losing his life.
“William Hurt actually helped start Randy’s career years ago,” says Savin. “He made an anonymous monetary donation to Randy’s AFI thesis film. And when his identity was revealed, he even agreed to do the voice-over on the film.”
Production is scheduled to begin in February in Savannah, Ga. at Meddin Studios.
Hurt, who was last seen in the Bonnie and Clyde TV miniseries, is repped by ICM Partners.