That untitled rock ’n’ roll show has been brewing since 2010 and was once expected to go into production in early 2014, but now HBO is finally ready to move forward with it. HBO just put in a series order for the drama, which stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a New York City record executive with a knack for discovering top talent.
Martin Scorsese is set to direct the pilot episode and he’ll also be an executive producer alongside Mick Jagger, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, George Mastras and Terence Winter. Winter will also serve as showrunner. Hit the jump for more on the upcoming series including the complete cast lineup.
The show is set in 1970s New York and will focus on the “drug and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out.” Cannavale will lead as Richie, the president of American Century Records who must make a life-altering decision. Olivia Wilde is set to play Devon Finestra, Richie’s wife. She’s an ex-actress and model, but after feeling the effects of Richie’s present crisis, she opts to tap back into her former lifestyle.
Here are the rest of the character descriptions via the HBO press release:
Ray Romano as 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 as 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 as Frank “Buck” Rogers, the cocaine-fueled owner of a chain of radio stations.
Ato Essandoh as Lester Grimes, a former singer and ex-colleague of Richie Finestra.
Max Casella as 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 as Kip Stevens, lead singer of Nasty Bits, an early punk-rock band.
Jack Quaid as Clark Morelle, a young A&R executive at American Century who struggles for a foothold in the competitive environment of the A&R team.
Birgitte Sorenson as Ingrid, a Danish actress favored by Andy Warhol and close friend of Richie Finestra’s wife, Devon.
P.J. Byrne as Scott Levitt, Head of Legal for American Century Records.
J.C. MacKenzie as Skip Fontaine, Richie’s partner and Head of Sales for American Century Records.
Bo Dietl as Joe Corso, a thuggish “independent promotion man” who may or may not have ties to organized crime.
Armen Garo as Corrado Galasso, a New York mob boss.
Robert Funaro as Tony Del Greco, chief enforcer for a New York mob boss.