With the popularity of music-related shows like Empire and Power, which both explore the chaotic and untamed side of the music industry, HBO will join Fox and Starz and debut Vinyl, a rock-and-roll drama.
Set in the 1970s, Vinyl will focus on the sex-and-drug-fueled music business as punk and disco music becomes more popular. The new series, which is slated to debut in 2016, will give viewers a raw and untamed image of the industry during that time.
It will star Bobby Cannavale, well known for playing gangster Gyp Rosetti in Boardwalk Empire, as Richie Finestra, the head of a fictional record label that’s trying to navigate a chaotic and corrupt world all while searching for the next big music artist. Olivia Wilde will play Finestra’s wife. Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger’s son James Jagger will play Kip Stevens, singer in a fictional punk band The Nasty Bits. Additional series regular includes Juno Temple, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, PJ Byrne, Joe Caniano, Andrew Dice Clay, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, J.C. MacKenzie, Jack Quaid and Paul Ben-Victor.
The script will be penned by Terence Winter, who wrote The Sopranos and The Wolf Of Wall Street, as well as Breaking Bad writer George Mastras.
The 10-part series will be executive produced by Jagger, Winter and Martin Scorsese.
Filming for the show has begun. A number of New York City buildings are being transformed to recreate the gritty streets of New York during that time. Rough Trade record shop has been transformed into the popular Sam Goody storefront. A replica of Max’s Kansas City was also constructed for the highly-anticipated new series.
There is no premiere date as of yet.
This is not the first time Scorsese and Jagger have worked together. The two worked together on Shine a Light, a Scorsese-directed documentary about the Rolling Stones’ 2006 Beacon Theatre performance on their A Bigger Bang tour.
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