Max Casella (Blue Jasmine) and Jack Quaid (Hunger Games franchise) have joined HBO‘s untitled Rock ’n’ Roll drama pilot, from executive producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, George Mastras and Terence Winter. The pilot is eyeing production start in early summer with Scorsese directing. Co-written by Winter and showrunner Mastras, the untitled drama is set in 1970s New York and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of record executive Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), who is trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. Casella will play Julian “Julie” Silver, the nurturing but short-tempered Head of A&R of the label, who struggles to stay hip and relevant in the young man’s game of the rock ’n’ roll business. Quaid, son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, plays Clark Morelle, a young A&R executive at the label who struggles for a foothold in the competitive environment of the A&R team. This is the second offspring of famous Hollywood actors to land a role in an HBO pilot in the past year. Denzel Washington‘s son John David Washington co-starred in the half-hour Ballers, which was recently picked up to series.
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Casella and Quaid also join Olivia Wilde and Juno Temple in the Rock ‘n’ Roll project, which also is executive produced by Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Rick Yorn. The pilot reunites Casella with HBO, Scorsese and Winters following his recurring role on Boardwark Empire. Casella, repped by Innovative and Evolution, also appeared in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and next will be seen in the Heat remake. Quaid, repped by UTA and Anonymous, next will be seen in the Courteney Cox-directed Just Before I Go.