Friday, April 12, 2024

Matthew Modine Adds David Alan Grier to His “Rocking Horsemen” Directing Debut


News from one of our great but under-heard-from actors: Matthew Modine has written and is about to direct his first feature film. “The Rocking Horsemen” is set in 1962 and follows five young high school students who form their own band. Modine has just added the talented David Alan Grier to a cast that includes Eric Stoltz, Sean Astin, Jennifer Beals, Billy Zane, plus Jared Gilman from “Moonrise Kingdom,” Riley Griffith from “Super 8,” Miles Heizer from “Parenthood” and Isaac White from “The Butler.” The film is being produced by Orian Williams (Control, Big Sur).

I’m surprised it’s taken Modine this long to start directing. A favorite of Robert Altman and other name directors, he’ll be a natural. But acting keeps him busy. In the last couple of years Modine’s been in “Jobs” playing John Sculley, and “The Dark Knight Returns.” Of course, his long amazing resume includes everything from Stanley Kubrick’s  “Full Metal Jacket,” to the hit cable series “Weeds” to a successful legit theater run in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” I’ll look for “The Rocking Horsemen” at Sundance 2016 if not sooner!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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