HBO orders sexy '70s music scene drama from Martin Scorsese
HBO has greenlit-to-series a promising-sounding drama set in New York City’s sex-and-drug-fueled music scene during the 1970s.
The as-yet-untitled series reunites Boardwalk Empire showrunner Terence Winter and producer-director Martin Scorsese, who will helm the pilot. The cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Juno Temple and Andrew “Dice” Clay.
The 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 and find the next new sound.”
Like Boardwalk, the project gives Winter and Scorsese a chance to dive into the shady business of another East Coast 20th century scene. Plus Scorsese has directed many renowned films with a somewhat similar setting, including Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and Mean Streets.
Below is the full official cast breakdown from HBO:
Bobby Cannavale as 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 as 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 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.
Joe Caniano as Leo, Richie’s longtime chauffeur and confidante.