"Sopranos" colleagues reunite for '60s-set film

Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:09am EDT
 
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By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - David Chase has gotten the band together, and it's turned into a bit of a reunion tour.

The "Sopranos" writer-director-producer has been on a nationwide search for young, relative unknowns to star in his untitled rock 'n' roll coming-of-age film, and he's found them in John Magaro, Jack Huston and Will Brill. But he's also brought aboard one of his "Sopranos" stars, guitarist Steven Van Zandt, to produce and supervise the music for the film as well as executive produce the movie.

The music-driven project, which will be Chase's feature directing debut, follows the path of a group of suburban New Jersey guys making their way in the 1960s as a rock band called the Twilight Zones.

Paramount Vantage will release the film, which Chase is producing with Mark Johnson ("Rain Man").

"I am thrilled to be working with Steven again, especially on this particular subject," said Chase. "It's not just that we both worship the same songs and bands from the era -- it's that he obviously knows so much. About every aspect. He embodies a particular spirit of a particular kind of rock and roll. He actually is that spirit."

Van Zandt grew up amid the music scene on the Jersey shore, becoming a songwriter and producer for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes before gaining international fame as an integral part of Bruce Springteen's E Street Band. He was an arranger on the Boss' "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and shared production credits on "The River" and "Born in the U.S.A."

Chase cast Van Zandt in the role of Silvio, Tony Soprano's righthand man, on his classic HBO series "The Sopranos."

Magaro has appeared in "The Box," "Assassination of a High School President" and "The Brave One." He also stars in Wes Craven's horror film "My Soul to Take," which opened Friday.

Huston most recently appeared in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," and he has a recurring role on the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," created by Chase's "Sopranos" consigliere Terence Winter. He will next be seen in the dramas "Wilde Salome" and "The Hot Potato."

Brill is making his feature film debut.

 
<p>David Chase, screenwriter and producer of the television series, "The Sopranos," poses during a photocall at the 36th American film festival in Deauville September 4, 2010. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler</p>