After rumors that Tom Hanks was producing it in 2011, and then rumors again in 2014 that it was confirmed to be written by playwright Rolin Jones, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has confirmed Green Day's famed record American Idiot is being made into a movie by HBO.
Not only that, but Armstrong will lend his acting talents to the role of St. Jimmy—a character he played during American Idiot's Tony Award-winning stint on Broadway a few years back. Check out what Armstrong had to say to NME below.
“That’s the plan right now, yeah,” Armstrong says to NME. “We’ve got a green light from HBO, and the script is currently going through a couple of rewrites here and there, so I’m not sure when exactly we’re going to start shooting, but it’s definitely all systems go at the moment.”
American Idiot, the punk rock opera, released in 2004 and opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway in 2010. Armstrong—no stranger to the acting world—is making in lead movie role debut in Ordinary World this month.
It's quite a busy time for the Green Day camp at the moment: the band are releasing their long-awaited studio album Revolution Radio tomorrow (Oct. 7) via Reprise Records. Green Day are also performing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight (Oct. 6).
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