EXCLUSIVE: Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester has been tapped to lead indie drama Like Sunday, Like Rain, the story of a struggling musician (Meester) who becomes the guardian of a 12-year-old music prodigy one summer. This is Ray Donovan actor Frank Whaley‘s fourth outing as writer and director after helming pics Joe The King, The Jimmy Show, and New York City Serenade. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will play the boyfriend of Meester’s character.
Leighton Meester, Billie Joe Armstrong, Debra Messing To Star In Frank Whaley’s ‘Like Sunday, Like Rain’
It’s been more than three years since the Green Day-fueled American Idiot debuted on Broadway. Now a documentary about that meeting of the mediums is set for a theatrical and VOD release. Digital entertainment curator FilmBuff is partnering with Abramorama to open Broadway Idiot on October 11 exclusively in New York followed a week later by a North American expansion and VOD release on all major platforms. Director Dug Hamilton’s film follows Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as he works with Main Stem producers to bring the band’s 2004 album American Idiot into a Broadway musical — from creative decisions through performances. It premiered at the South by Southwest Festival in March.