I’ve learned that David Fincher has recast the lead in his HBO comedy project Living On Video. No one is commenting, but I hear the role will be played by 19-year-old Red Band Society star Charlie Rowe. Tyler Ross (The Killing) was originally cast in the project, which I hear is filming two episodes in lieu of a pilot.
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of a newcomer, Robby (Rowe). Robby is a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic and lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos.
Also said to be cast in the secret project are Sam Page, Jason Flemyng, Kerry Condon and Elizabeth Lail.
Fincher, who is directing, revisits his music video director past with the comedy, written by Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Bob Stephenson, a friend of Fincher’s from his music video days, based on an idea by Fincher.
British actor Rowe’s feature credits include The Golden Compass, Never Let Me Go and Walking with Dinosaurs.