William Hurt will play Gregg Allman in the upcoming film, Midnight Rider, an adaptation of Allman's memoir, My Cross to Bear. Tyson Ritter, frontman for the All-American Rejects plays the young Allman, while Hurt plays him as an old man.
"I am a tremendous fan of William's work. I can't wait to work with him," said Randall Miller, who will direct the film.
"William Hurt actually helped start Randy's career years ago," added producer/co-writer Jody Savin. "He made an anonymous monetary donation to Randy's AFI thesis film. And when his identity was revealed, he even agreed to do the voice-over on the film."
The film focuses on two major parts of Gregg's life: his early struggles through the formation of the Allman Brothers Band and the group's ultimate explosion on the music scene; and Gregg's struggles to clean himself up from drug and alcohol abuse.
Wyatt Russell (21 Jump Street) co-stars as Duane Allman.
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