Principal photography began today in the Oklahoma City and Guthrie areas on “Rudderless,” a musical drama that will mark the directorial debut for Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy.
As previously reported, Edmond residents Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison co-wrote the screenplay, with Macy helping them to hone it. They also are among the executive producers under their Oklahoma City-based shingles TeeRob Pictures and NoCoast Entertainment.
The film will feature Oscar nominees Felicity Huffman (who is also Macy’s wife) and Laurence Fishburne alongside big-name actors Selena Gomez, Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin.
In addition, indie rocker Ben Kweller is joining the cast of the already star-studded film.
Crudup will star in “Rudderless” as a grieving father who stumbles across a box of his deceased son’s original music and forms a band, hoping to find peace in the wake of his tragic loss. Robison told me in an email that Kweller has been attached to play one of the band members.
Kweller took to Twitter (@benkweller) to announce that “Rudderless” marks his acting debut and to tweet out some photos of Bricktown and his co-stars.
Robison (@JMRobison) and Twenter (@caseytwenter) also have been tweeting quite a bit about the first day of shooting.
The drama is set to shoot in the Oklahoma City and Guthrie areas over the next five weeks.
“I’m very proud to be from Oklahoma. I love this state. I just really would like to kind of showcase some of it,” Robison told me in a recent phone interview. “Casey and I would love to make films here for the rest of our lives. That’s our dream.”