Pete Davidson is set to play punk rock pioneer Joey Ramone in the upcoming Netflix biopic I Slept With Joey Ramone.
The biopic, which will chronicle the life and times of the legendary musician, will be directed by Jason Orley. Davidson and Orley co-wrote the screenplay, which is based on the Mickey Leigh‘s memoir of the same name. Davidson, Leigh, Rory Rosegarten, and David Spiegelman will serve as executive producers.
Davidson has previously worked with Orley in Hulu‘s Big Time Adolescence as well as his Netflix comedy special Pete Davidson: Alive from New York.
The announcement came on the 20th anniversary of Ramone’s death.
“When you share a bed with someone – and not just a bed, but a childhood, a family, and a lifetime – you know that person better than anybody else,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman STXfilms Motion Picture. “Mickey Leigh not only collaborated with his big brother’s band – he has irreplaceable memories of and insights into Joey Ramone, having supported him when no one else would and witnessed him overcome adversity in the most dramatic way.”
“I Slept with Joey Ramone is a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic, set apart by a universal story of family,” he added. “Pete is perfect for this role and we’re excited he and Jason will be bringing this icon of rock to life and thrilled to be collaborating once again with our friends at Netflix.”
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