The latest to join the cast of The Sopranos creator David Chase’s new period rock music film Twylight Zones is comedienne Lisa Lampanelli. She joins previously announced John Magaro (My Soul to Take), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), newcomer Will Brill and Sopranos vet James Gandolfini. Another Sopranos castmember, and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band-member, Steven Van Zandt will be executive producing the film as well as supervising the music. Set in 1960’s New Jersey, the film tells the story of an awkward teen (played by Magaro) who begins to grow into his own as the lead singer of a rock band. Gandolfini will play the teen’s disapproving Italian father (surprise!).
While appearing on Howard Stern’s radio show (via SlashFilm), Lampanelli said that she will be playing David Chase’s mother in the film, as she believes it’s based on his teenage years. Could this be his Almost Famous? Chase wrote the screenplay and will direct the film for Paramount Vantage. Production just got underway in New York.