Bobby Cannavale will soon appear in his biggest role yet as a hedonistic record executive in Vinyl, HBO's upcoming series brought to you by none other than Martin Scorcese, Mick Jagger and Boardwalk Empire creator Terrence Winter.
Cannavale, who starred on Third Watch and has had supporting roles in Blue Jasmine and Annie, plays Richie Finesta, a high-energy record studio head who is really into rock & roll. "It's fast, it's dirty, it smashes you over the head!" Finesta says while hitting himself on the head to illustrate.
The series is set in the seventies and stars Mick Jagger's son James as a promising musician and meal ticket for the studio. But despite the resemblance between Mick and his son, the Rolling Stones aren't the inspiration for the story: At the Television Critics Association conferences this summer, HBO president Michael Lombardo said that show's starring band "has nothing to do with the Rolling Stones. Very different period. Very different trajectory."
Olivia Wilde stars as Richie's wife and Ray Romano plays a partner at the studio. Keeping with the era, Vinyl will bring us a lot of bad hair and plenty of recreational drugs; and being a Scorsese project, expect some violent deaths.
Vinyl premieres on HBO in early 2016.