Pete Davidson is starring as Joey Ramone in an upcoming Netflix biopic
Pete Davidson has just landed one of his next movie roles. The comedian is set to portray punk icon Joey Ramone in the Netflix biopic I Slept With Joey Ramone. The news was announced April 15, which marks the 20th anniversary of the Ramones vocalist’s death.
In addition to starring in I Slept With Joey Ramone, Davidson is also teaming back up with director Jason Orley to write the biopic's treatment. The film is based on the Mickey Leigh memoir of the same name.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is being made in cooperation with the Estate of Joey Ramone. The movie will depict the musician’s life and career as the lead vocalist of the Ramones. At this time, no specific plot details regarding the Netflix biopic have been released. However, the memoir’s synopsis does offer some insight into what viewers may see in the upcoming film.
“When the Ramones recorded their debut album in 1976, it heralded the true birth of punk rock,” the synopsis says via Barnes And Noble. “Joey Ramone gave voice to the disaffected youth of the seventies and eighties [and] the band influenced the counterculture for decades to come. Joey’s brother, Mickey Leigh, shares a fascinating, intimate look at the turbulent life of one of America’s greatest—and unlikeliest—music icons. While the music lives on for new generations to discover, I Slept with Joey Ramone is the enduring portrait of a man who struggled to find his voice. And of the brother who loved him.”
So far, Davidson is the only actor publicly attached to I Slept With Joey Ramone. For the project, he’s reuniting with Orley who directed both Big Time Adolescence and Pete Davidson: Alive From New York. Alongside Davidson, Rory Rosegarten (Everybody Loves Raymond), Leigh and David Spiegelman are the film’s executive producers. Orley is also directing I Slept With Joey Ramone which is being made in partnership with both Netflix and STXfilms.
STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson discussed why the company decided to team up with Netflix to tell Ramone’s story on screen.
“When you share a bed with someone," Fogelson says in a press release. "And not just a bed, but a childhood, a family, and a lifetime–you know that person better than anybody else. Mickey Leigh not only collaborated with his big brother’s band, he has irreplaceable memories of and insights into Joey Ramone. [He] 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. Pete is perfect for this role. We’re excited he and Jason will be bringing this icon of rock to life. [We are] thrilled to be collaborating once again with our friends at Netflix.”
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Over the past few years, Davidson has made his transition from a TV comedian to a silver screen actor. Back in 2019, he starred as Zeke in Big Time Adolescence alongside his real-life BFF Machine Gun Kelly. In the film, he’s a college dropout whose best friend is a high school student (Griffin Gluck) transitioning into adulthood.
Davidson also teamed up with Machine Gun Kelly for Netflix’s The Dirt which depicts Mötley Crüe’s tumultuous rise to fame. In the music-heavy film, Davidson plays the band’s former A&R executive Tom Zutaut. Meanwhile, MGK portrays drummer Tommy Lee while Douglas Booth plays Nikki Sixx, Iwan Rheon portrays Mick Mars and Daniel Webber stars as Vince Neil.
Then, in 2020, Davidson worked with director Judd Apatow on his semi-autobiographical film The King Of Staten Island. In the movie, Davidson plays Scott Carlin, a young New Yorker dealing with the death of his firefighter father.
Later this year, Davidson is starring as Blackguard in The Suicide Squad. He joins a star-studded cast in the James Gunn-directed film including Margot Robbie who is reprising her role as Harley Quinn. As well, DC fans will see Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller and John Cena as Peacemaker among others. The film officially arrives August 6 and will be simultaneously released in theaters and on HBO Max.
Along with his film career, Davidson is still a frequent face on Saturday Night Live. Lately, Davidson has become the NBC show’s go-to guy for Eminem parodies, SoundCloud rappers and Machine Gun Kelly impersonations.
The comedian even pleased The Nightmare Before Christmas fans when he channeled Jack Skellington for a recent sketch. Between his growing movie career and SNL residency, Davidson continues to produce plenty of content over the past few years.
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