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Academy Award-Winning Actor Cast as Present-Day Gregg Allman in Upcoming Biopic

Gregg Allman’s
upcoming biopic Midnight Rider has cast a present-day version of the Allman Brothers Band rocker. 

According to a report from Variety, Academy Award-winning actor William Hurt will portray the singer in his more recent years, while All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter will play Allman as a young man.

Meanwhile, actor/former pro hockey player Wyatt Russell has been cast as Gregg's late brother, Duane Allman.

Based on Gregg Allman’s 2012 biography My Cross to Bear, which was penned by Allman and author Alan Light, the film is slated to begin production next month in Savannah, GA.

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Allman discussed his role as the film’s executive producer, which he is taking very seriously.

Regarding his control over the script, which was co-written by the film’s director, Randall Miller, Allman revealed that he has “veto rights over everything.”

“Think about it, man. If you had them doing your life story on the big screen, wouldn't you want to be able to erase anything out of there that you didn’t want? I can pull the plug on it any time,” Allman told Rolling Stone.

In other Allman Brothers news, the band is set to celebrate their 45th anniversary this year with another one of their annual residencies at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The 10-show run is slated to begin on March 7 and will conclude on March 22. 

Currently, Gregg Allman is on a solo trek of the U.S., which wraps up on January 19 in Robinsonville, MS.

For more on the Allman Brothers Band and all of their latest projects, head to the group’s official website, and let us know what you think of Midnight Rider’s casting in the comments section below!