Lynyrd Skynyrd is getting the biopic treatment.
Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash begins filming today and will tell the story of the band’s early years and rise to fame.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will be brought to the big screen by, Taylor Clift as Ronnie Van Zant, Samuel Kay Forrest as Steve Gaines and Rich Dally III as Allen Collins, and Ian Shultis is playing Artimus Pyle. Pyle wrote the story that the script is based on.
Variety reports that actors Neill Byrnes and Anthony Rocco Bovo have been hired to play Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
If the title doesn’t give it away, a big part of the plot will reflect on the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, one of the group’s road managers, and both pilots.
For Pyle, who shared his version of the Skynyrd saga with the director and co-writer Jared Cohn, the accident still represents a heartbreaking loss of potential.
“We could play with any band — any band, whether it was the Rolling Stones, anyone, and we would hold our own or better. I think of that accident every day and what we might have accomplished if we’d have 10 more years,” said Pyle. “I want the movie to portray my band members the way they were: real, funny people who loved the music, loved the success that allowed us to be able to travel the world and play for kings and queens all over this planet.”