THR report that Dushku, Whitford, and Joel David Moore have joined the cast, made by Unclaimed Freight Productions’ Miller and Jody Savin.
Midnight Rider is telling two stories: Gregg Allman’s journey from struggling artist through the formation and subsequent success of The Allman Brothers Band, which saw the musician succumb to the excesses of rock and roll; and Gregg Allman’s realization at 64 that he has to get clean for good or risk losing his life.
Tyson Ritter will star as the young Gregg Allman, with William Hurt portraying the old. Wyatt Russell will play brother Duane Allman, with Zoey Dutch and Chad Lindberg also already on board.
Dushku is set to play a small-town Southern girl whose embrace inspires one of Allman’s best-known songs, Whipping Post, which has a spot on both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list, as well as Rolling’s Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Whitford will play Allman’s current manager, Michael Lehman, whom the singer-songwriter credits for turning his career around; and Moore will play the Allman brothers’ first manager, Bill McEuen, who discovered the brothers and brought them to LA.
Miller co-wrote the screenplay with frequent collaborator Savin (CBGB, Bottle Shock), with the two also producing, and Allman and Lehman executive producing.
Production will begin later this month, set to start on 24th February at Meddin Studios in Savannah, GA.