William Hurt to Portray Gregg Allman
According to the Hollywood Reporter, William Hurt has been cast as the present-day version of Gregg Allman in the new biopic Midnight Rider. All American Rejectsâ€™ Tyson Ritter will play a younger version of Allman in the film while Wyatt Russell will portray his brother Duane. Both Ritter and Russell have spent time shadowing Allman on the road with his solo band.
The film is based on Gregg Allmanâ€™s autobiography My Cross To Bear and production is set to start in February. THR notes "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."
Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Sam Moore, Erich Church, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal, Chuck Leavell and many others will celebrate Allmanâ€™s storied songbook and voice at Atlanta, GAâ€™s Fox Theatre on January 10. Producer Don Was, who is expected to produce Allmanâ€™s next solo album, and Warren Haynes will serve as the eveningâ€™s musical directors.