Wiz Khalifa, Tayla Parx, Ledisi, and Lyndsy Fonseca have joined the cast of the music biopic Spinning Gold. It is about 1970s Casablanca Records chief Neil Bogart.
Bogart’s son Timothy Scott Bogart wrote and will direct the film. Jeremy Jordan plays Neil Bogart, taking over for Justin Timberlake who was originally cast.
Spinning Gold depicts the career and life of record producer Neil Bogart. It also chart the rise of his Buddah and Casablanca labels in the 1960s and ’70s. Bogart is credited with discovering many iconic musical acts such as Donna Summer, Kiss, Village People; and signing and pushing acts including Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Isley Brothers to greater heights.
Khalifa will portray funk legend George Clinton, Parx as Donna Summer, and Ledisi as Gladys Knight.
They join previously cast Jay Pharoah as Cecil Holmes, Jason Isaacs as Al Bogart, and Jason Derulo as Ron Isley.
Chris Redd is cast as Frankie Crocker, Sam Harris will play Paul Stanley, Michelle Monaghan as Beth Bogart, and Dan Fogler as Buck Reingold.
James Wolk will play Larry Harris, Sebastian Maniscalco as Giorgio Moroder, and Lyndsy Fonseca as Joyce Biawitz. Peyton List, Pink Sweats, Casey Likes, Alex Gaskarth, Michael Ian Black, and Vincent Pastore round out the current casting.
Laurence Mark is producing with Jessica Martins of Hero Entertainment, Timothy Scott Bogart, Grammy chief Harvey Mason Jr, Gary Randall of The Boardwalk Entertainment Group, and David Haring. Christian Mercuri of Capstone, Walter Josten of Blue Rider, and Marc Goldberg of Signature Films are executive producers.
Music producer Evan Bogart and Atlantic Records president Kevin Weaver will also executive produce with Atlantic Records, which is set to release the soundtrack.
Production on the movie is underway in New Jersey.