Neill Byrnes, Anthony Rocco to essay Aerosmith rockers

Indo Asian News Service

Los Angeles, April 24 (IANS) Actors Neill Byrnes and Anthony Rocco Bovo will play Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry in the Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic "Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash".

While Ian Shultis plays Pyle with Taylor Clift as Van Zant, Samuel Kay Forrest will essay Gaines while Rich Dally III will play Allen Collins, reports variety.com.

The film is being directed by Jared Cohn with Brian Perera, founder of Cleopatra Records, producing it.

The filming will start here on Monday. The biopic is based on drummer Artimus Pyle's recollection of the events surrounding the crash of the group's touring plane in Mississippi on October 20, 1977.

The accident killed original band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, an assistant road manager, and the two pilots.

One week before Lynyrd Skynyrd boarded the flight, members of Aerosmith were scheduled to board the same Convair CV-300. The band deemed the plane unsafe and decided not to lease the Convair.

"Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash" will also have Keith Sutliff, who will play the role of the air controller caught up in the flight.

Hudson Long will essay Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell and Nick Cairo Chandler has been cast as bassist Leon Wilkeson.

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