HBO is building a killer cast for its Untitled Rock ’n’ Roll drama, created by Boardwalk Empire‘s Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter and the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger. Olivia Wilde is set to co-star opposite Bobby Cannavale in the project, which has been in the works at HBO since 2010. It still doesn’t have a formal green light but the hourlong pilot is gearing toward production in early summer 2014 with Scorsese directing, just as he did with the pilot for Boardwalk Empire, earning an Emmy for his work. Co-written by Winter and George Mastras, who joined as showrunner in October, replacing original showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, 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 (Cannavale) who is trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. Richie is undergoing a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. Wilde will play Richie’s wife Devon Finestra, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York. Richie’s crisis causes strain on their family and propels her to re-immerse in her former lifestyle.
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This marks a return to series television for Wilde, who rose to stardom on Fox’s House. She since has been busy in features, most recently appearing and in Ron Howard’s Rush and Spike Jonze’s Her. Earlier today, Deadline reported exclusively that she will star in and produce Meadowland. The pilot is executive produced by Scorsese, Jagger, Winter, Mastras, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Rick Yorn. Wilde is with Untitled, WME and Ziffren.
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