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Ray Romano Joins HBO’s Mick Jagger-Martin Scorsese ’70s Rock Drama

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Although it doesn’t yet have a title, HBO’s forthcoming Mick Jagger-Martin Scorsese ’70s-set rock drama has intrigued more and more with the casting of leading actor Bobby Cannavale (‘Boardwalk Empire‘) and Olivia Wilde. Now, in lieu of actually naming the thing, the new HBO drama has taken yet another surprise move in casting sitcom icon Ray Romano among its regulars.

Previously titled ‘History of Music,’ the new drama stems from an idea by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, with Martin Scorsese on board to executive produce. Cannavale stars as Richie Finestra, a handsome and charismatic New Yorker who heads A&R at American Century Music and undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. The cocaine-fueled record executive operates in New York City circa 1977, when “punk, disco and a new form of music called hip-hop collided.”

Via The Hollywood Reporter, Romano will take the role of Richie’s partner Zak Yankovich, the tough and savvy promotions head of American Century with decades of experience dating back to the dark, mob-infested days of the recording business. Romano joins Wilde, who plays Richie’s wife Devon Finestra, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York, as well as a cast that includes Juno Temple, Max Casella and Jack Quaid.

Winter wrote the script for the pilot, joining Jagger and Scorsese as executive producers, along with Jagged Films partner Victoria Pearman and Scorsese’s manager, Rick Yorn. ‘Breaking Bad‘ alum George Mastras will act as showrunner. Production is scheduled to start this summer, but what do you think? Are you up for a Mick Jagger-Martin Scorsese ’70s rock drama, once they title the darn thing?

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