HBO’s Scorsese-Jagger-Cannavale Rock Drama Finally Gets a Title, 2016 Premiere
For months, HBO’s high-profile “Untitled Rock & Roll Drama” with Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese has pooled talent the likes of Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde, all without so much as the suggestion of a name. Now the pay cable network has finally gifted us with the simple-yet-perfect moniker Vinyl, also setting a 2016 premiere for the new music drama.
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. From the show’s newly-christened logline:
Set in 1970s New York, the series will explore the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.
Ray Romano will take the role of Richie’s partner Zak Yankovich and Olivia Wilde Richie’s actress-model wife Devon. Legend of Korra star P.J. Byrne will play Scott Levitt, the head of legal for American Century Records; joining Joe Caniano as Richie’s as longtime chauffeur and confidante Leo; and Andrew “Dice” Clay as Frank “Buck” Rogers, the obnoxious, cocaine-fueled owner of a chain of radio stations.
Additionally, the show features Ato Essandoh as Richie’s former singer colleague Lester Grimes, Robert Funaro as chief mob enforcer Tony Del Greco, James Jagger as Nasty Bits punk singer Kip Stevens, Birgitte Sorenson as Ingrid, a Danish actress favored by Andy Warhol and close friend of Devon, and J.C. Mackenzie as Skip Fontaine, head of sales for American Century Records. Lest we forget, there’s also Juno Temple‘s ambitious assistant Jamie Vine, Max Casella’s Julius Silver and Jack Quaid’s Clark Morelle.
Boardwalk Empire alum Terence 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 writer/executive producer, with Winter taking over as showrunner.
It could be a while yet before we get any official footage or photos, but as titles and casts go, Vinyl sounds pretty great, no?