Michael Rooker Rejoins Jazz Biopic ‘Bolden’

By Kevyn Cortez | 3 years ago
Michael Rooker Rejoins Jazz Biopic ‘Bolden’

Michael Rooker returns to the Jazz Biopic “Bolden.” Read on to learn more about this scoop.

According to Deadline, actor Michael Rooker rejoins the cast of the biopic “Bolden.” The project has started production seven years ago and has re-shot by 2009. The project started losing key cast members due to scheduling, including its lead star Anthony Mackie who soared high in “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier” as Sam Wilson or the Falcon. The timing was just right for Rooker, whose “Guardians of the Galaxy” gig coincided with his departure from AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” resuming his role of Pat McMurphy, sidekick to Bolden’s nemesis Judge Perry. Filming will start again in North Carolina by fall, with “Downton Abbey’s” Gary Carr as the titular New Orleans cornet player “Buddy Bolden.”

Rooker is best known for his roles such as the serial killer Henry in “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” Merle Dixon in AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Frank Bailey in “Mississippi Burning,” Hal Tucker in “Cliffhanger,” Rowdy Burns in “Days of Thunder” and the alien bounty hunter Yondu in the recent Marvel hit, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Rooker is also known for his roles in video games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops, where he played himself, Mike Harper in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in November 2012 and voiced Merle in The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct — the video game based on the television series.

Charles Joseph “Buddy” Bolden was an African-American cornetist and is regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of rag-time music, which later came to be known as jazz. He was known as King Bolden, and his band was regarded for its high-quality performance in New Orleans from about 1900 until 1907. Many early jazz musicians credited Bolden and the members of his band with being the originators of what came to be known as “jazz,” though the term was not in common musical use until after the era of Bolden’s prominence. At least one writer has labeled him the “Father of Jazz.” In 1907, at the age of 30, he was incapacitated by schizophrenia. Bolden suffered an episode of acute alcoholic psychosis and was admitted to the Louisiana State Insane Asylum at Jackson, a mental institution where he spent the rest of his life.

“Bolden” is a passion project from Dan Pritzker and is produced by Jon Cornick and Michele Tayler. Leonard Loventhal, Ed Arrendell and Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis will be executive producing with James Gunn, who has cast Rooker in all his films since 2006’s “Slither,” is set to direct. Marsalis, who orchestrated and performed music for Pritzker’s 2010 silent Louis Armstrong biopic “Louis,” will also perform music for “Bolden.”

That’s the scoop about Michael Rooker joining the jazz biopic “Bolden.” For more details on celebrities and their upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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