The upcoming project is about the daily grind of the crew behind a successful rock tour. Oscar winner Cameron Crowe wrote the script and will direct and executive-produce the pilot alongside J.J. Abrams, his production partner Bryan Burk and Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life), who will act as showrunner.
Wilson will play Bill, the sleep-deprived tour manager who is five years sober. Poots, who starred opposite Zac Efron in That Awkward Moment, will play Kelly Ann, a first-rate electrical tech with a great heart but questionable people skills. Oscar-nominated actress Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) is Donna, the band's outspoken and passionate sound mixer and Rafe Spall is Reg Whitehead, a successful British financial adviser who knows nothing about the music business sent by management to oversee the crew's budget. NCIS: LA's Peter Camborrounds out the cast as Milo, an offbeat guitar tech.
"I love that we're finally doing Roadies," Crowe said when the pilot was first announced. "J.J. and I have been talking about it for some time. We're fans of crews, those workers up on the rigging towers, or walking feverishly with eight phones on their belt. Those quietly devoted people live huge lives, they're often the real keepers of the flame. So happy to also be telling these stories with Showtime, and also with one of my very favorite writer-producers ever, Winnie Holzman. Let's get this show on the road!"
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