Gregg Allman To Be Played By William Hurt In New Biopic

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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