Though “Boardwalk Empire” may be over, HBO isn’t content with just letting Martin Scorsese go somewhere else. The cable network has just given the greenlight and series order to a currently untitled series set in the drug and sex fueled music scene in 1970s New York City.
HBO made the announcement today for the series that will reunite Martin Scorsese with “Boardwalk Empire” showrunner Terence Winter. Much like with the aforementioned crime series, Scorsese will executive produce the series and will also direct the pilot to kick things off.
The series unfolds through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. All of this happens in The Big Apple just as punk and disco were shaking things up, and it sounds like the perfect series for Scorsese to launch, especially considering his love for rock and roll.
And if you’re wondering about the cast, thankfully that’s been revealed too. The series will be led by Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire,” Annie, Win Win) 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.
Other notable cast members include Olivia Wilde as Richie’s wife, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York; Ray Romano as Zak Yankovich, one of Richie’s partners, the tough and savvy Head of Promotions of American Century; Juno Temple as Jamie Vine, an ambitious assistant in the A&R Department of American Century; Andrew “Dice” Clay as Frank “Buck” Rogers, the cocaine-fueled owner of a chain of radio stations.
The rest of the cast includes Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Sorenson, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Bo Dietel, Armen Garo and James Jagger, son of iconic Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who has a long relationship with Scorsese and is also producing this new show with him. If this digs into the music scene anywhere near as good as “Boardwalk Empire” did with underground crime, we’re in for a treat.
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