SNL star Pete Davidson is confirmed to play Joey Ramone in an upcoming Netflix biopic about the punk-rocker.
The forthcoming piece is directed by Jason Orley, who has worked with The King Of Staten Island’s Davidson previously on the film, Big Time Adolescence and the comic’s Netflix special, Pete Davidson: Alive from New York. The film’s title is taken from Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh’s memoir; I Slept With Joey Ramone.
Netflix will produce the upcoming biopic in partnership with STX, and the Estate of Joey Ramone have given the project their full support. The project’s announcement aligns with the 20th anniversary of the legendary musician’s death, who passed away in 2001, aged 49, after a seven-year battle with lymphoma.
Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms Motion Picture Group, said in a statement: “When you share a bed with someone – and not just a bed, but a childhood, a family, and a lifetime – you know that person better than anybody else.
“Mickey Leigh not only collaborated with his big brother’s band – he has irreplaceable memories of and insights into Joey Ramone, having supported him when no one else would and witnessed him overcome adversity in the most dramatic way.”