A movie based on Green Day’s concept album, American Idiot, has been discussed for many years now. The band’s hit 2004 album was first adapted into a musical. The Broadway production, which Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong appeared in for about three months (playing St. Jimmy), won two Tony Awards and performed exceptionally well when Armstrong played the character. According to the frontman, he’ll reprise the role again soon, because HBO has greenlighted an American Idiot movie.
Casting Bits: Billie Joe Armstrong in ‘American Idiot;’ Jason Clarke in ‘The Great Gatsby;’ T.J. Miller in ‘Road to Nardo’
Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
The last time we talked about the film version of Green Day‘s album-turned-Broadway show American Idiot, it looked like Green Day bandleader Billie Joe Armstrong might be playing one of the lead roles on screen. That casting is confirmed now, as THR says that Billy Joe will indeed reprised the role of St. Jimmy, which he played in some sold-out Broadway shows, under the direction of Michael Mayer. Dustin Lance Black is scripting the film version of American Idiot, a tale of love and anger acted out through the characters Jesus of Suburbia and St. Jimmy. We’ve heard about the potential for a movie version for several years, but fans can possibly take heart now that there is real forward movement.
After the break, The Great Gatsby casts its last major role, and T.J. Miller gets his first starring gig, in a comedy. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Just as the original Broadway run of American Idiot is about to close, a movie based on Green Day‘s 2004 album — something that has been a topic of discussion since the record first hit stands — may have a screenwriter and a home at Universal. Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) is in talks to write a film based on the Broadway musical based on Green Day’s album. Michael Mayer, director of the Broadway run, is set to direct. Read More »