Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Christopher Walken has signed on to star with Lenny Kravitz in Little Rootie Tootie, the next film from writer-director Dan Algrant. Walken will play a veteran jazz pianist who is mourning the death of his wife. His son (Kravitz), returns home with his own wife, disrupting the couple’s careers as musicians in Europe to deal with the brilliant Sonny as his behavior becomes manic and destructive. The trio tries to present the illusion of a functioning family, as the eccentricities inherent in being working musicians leads them tumbling toward a tragic but impactful conclusion.

The film will shoot in January in New York City and will be shopped at AFM. The producers are River Bend Pictures’ Stan Erdreich, A to Z’s Fred Zollo and Algrant, and Dalifey Ltd.’s Paul Condoleon. Executive producers are Bonnie Timmermann and Steven Ray. Grammy winner Terence Blanchard will be scoring and creating original music. Walken is repped by ICM Partners, Lenny Kravitz by CAA. ICM Partners is handling domestic rights while worldwide rights remain available.

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