2021 has been a great year for movie musicals. With films like In The Heights and Dear Evan Hansen making waves, other films like West Side Story and tick, tick… BOOM! are still set to release later this year. Next, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, a new musical drama is in the works with an all-star cast featuring New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel and A Quiet Place star Noah Jupe.
Also on the film’s call sheet are Casey Affleck, Walton Goggins, Jack Dylan Grazer, Beau Bridges, and Chris Messina. Bill Pohlad (Brokeback Mountain) will direct with a script he wrote himself. Jim Burke (Green Book) is on board as executive producer alongside Affleck, Viviana Vezzani (Moonfall), and Kim Roth (Mudbound).
Per the initial report, the film will tell the unbelievable true story of the Emerson family. Two brothers, Donnie and Joe Emerson, self-recorded an album, appropriately titled Dreamin’ Wild, as teenagers. Later on in his life, the album is rediscovered and becomes a big hit. Afterward, the now-adult Donnie must confront ghosts of his past and grapple with the effect his dreams have had on his family. The story will be told between two time periods with Affleck playing adult Donnie with Jupe playing him in his teenage years. Additionally, Goggins is playing Joe Emerson with Grazer portraying the teenage Joe.
Zooey Deschanel is best known for her role in Fox’s hit comedy series New Girl. Additionally, the actress touts critically acclaimed roles in films like 500 Days of Summer and Elf. Most recently, the multi-talented performer serves as the co-host of The Dating Game alongside singer Michael Bolton. Meanwhile, Noah Jupe recently turned in a harrow performance in l A Quiet Place Part II. Moreover, the young actor also appears in the HBO Max film No Sudden Move as well as HBO’s miniseries The Undoing. Up next, Jupe will star in the upcoming animated feature The Magician’s Elephant.
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