As if there isn't enough TV that I need to catch up on, HBO recently announced that it is pairing up with directing legend Martin Scorsese to be the Executive Producer and pilot director of their untitled rock drama series. Scorsese won't be producing alone. Mick Jagger, another legend in his own right, will be working with Scorsese, Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, [The Wolf of Wall Street](movie:16412)) and the rest of the [Boardwalk Empire](series:200674) team.
According to Entertainment Weekly, this is the official pitch:
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 with the next new sound.
If you're not already enticed by the promise of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, then maybe the awesome cast will be enough to sway you. Check out the actors and the official HBO cast breakdown below:
Bobby Cannavale - Richie Finestra
The founder and president of a top-tier record label (American Century Records) with a great ear for discovering talent, who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision.
Olivia Wilde - Devon Finestra
Richie’s wife, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York. Richie’s crisis causes strain on their family and propels her to re-immerse in her former lifestyle.
Ray Romano - Zak Yankovich
One of Richie’s partners, the tough and savvy Head of Promotions of American Century with decades of experience dating back to the dark, mob-infested days of the recording business.
Juno Temple - Jamie Vine
An ambitious assistant in the A&R Department of American Century. She uses her keen abilities to manipulate people and blend into the various subcultures of the New York music underground in order to break through the glass ceiling and get ahead at the record label.
Andrew "Dice" Clay - Frank "Buck" Rogers
The cocaine-fueled owner of a chain of radio stations.
Max Casella - Julius “Julie” Silver
Nurturing yet with an explosive temper, and the Head of A&R of American Century, who struggles to stay hip and relevant in the young man’s game of the rock ‘n’ roll business.
James Jagger - Kip Stevens
Lead singer of Nasty Bits, an early punk-rock band.
Jack Quaid - Clark Morelle
A young A&R executive at American Century who struggles for a foothold in the competitive environment of the A&R team.
Other cast members include: Ato Essandoh, Birgitte Sorenson, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Bo Dietl, Armen Garo, Robert Funaro, and Joe Caniano.
Certainly some familiar names on this list! Not only because of the big stars, but also because of some famous surnames. Yes, James Jagger as in Mick's son and Jack Quaid as in Dennis'. I'm excited to see if these two have to chops to be able to step out of their parents' massive shadows.