It is getting very difficult to keep up with Olivia Wilde. When the actor isn’t taking on giant products like “Tron” she’s showing off her comedy-skills on indies like “Drinking Buddies,” or beaming on the red-carpet while carrying her first child. She’s every bit as glamourous and down to Earth as you may have hoped, and she is attached to a new pilot on HBO.
Olivia-Wilde-Large-InsertWilde has been confirmed as the latest addition to the Bobby Cannavale, Mick Jagger rock and roll pilot, which also has director Martin Scorsese. The project is to begin production this summer and is already generating a lot of buzz.
There’s no title yet, which is why we keep calling it a rock and roll pilot, but it will center on the music business of 1970s New York, filled with drugs and feuds and genres-clashing the mainstream airwaves as Disco and Rock battle it out for supremacy.
Leading the series is Cannavale’s character, Richie Finestra, a record executive with a dying studio hoping to catch-on to the next trend. Wilde has been cast to play Devon Finestra, Richie’s wife.
The character isn’t too far from Wilde’s personal life, she will play an actress and semi-accomplished model. That’s basically where the similarities stop though, as Wilde doesn’t seem to have to shoulder the burden of her husband’s failing musical career .
Scorsese will even direct the pilot, written by Terence Winter (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Boardwalk Empire”) and George Mastras (“Breaking Bad”) so theres a strong indication of the scope of this series at the start.