EXCLUSIVE: PJ Byrne (The Wolf Of Wall Street) has joined the burgeoning cast of HBO‘s untitled rock n’ roll pilot from director Martin Scorsese. Talk about a cool project — it’s being exec produced by Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter and Emma Koskoff. The drama is set in the 1970s New York’s music world when punk and disco were entering in the scene of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. The story is told through the eyes of record exec Richie Finestra, portrayed by Bobby Cannavale (Chef, Boardwalk Empire), who is trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. Byrne will play Scott Levitt, Finestra’s partner. This puts Byrne back in business with Scorsese, who directed him in the Academy Award-nominated The Wolf Of Wall Street.
The pilot is eyeing a production start in early summer. The cast also includes Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple and Ray Romano (who was cast last month). Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Rick Yorn also executive produce. Byrne next appears in Robert Legato’s film Eloise with Eliza Dushku, Robert Patrick and Chace Crawford; It’s a dark drama about four friends who break into an vacant insane asylum in search of a death certificate that could bring them all money. Byrne is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Michael Mahan.