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Stephen Dorff: the country singer?
In the upcoming documentary-style drama "Wheeler," Dorff immerses himself completely in the title role. Going so far as to don prosthetic makeup and a Texas accent, Dorff plays "Wheeler," an aspiring country singer/songwriter who travels to the heart of country music -- the city of Nashville -- for a shot at the big time.
Developed as a passion project, Dorff, who not only produced and co-wrote the screenplay but also composed and wrote all the music in the film, even performed in character for several scenes that were shot in real-life honky-tonk bars.
Directed by Ryan Ross, "Wheeler" also features appearances by legendary singer-actor Kris Kristofferson and local Nashville artists Audrey Spillman and Bobby Tomberlin.
The film is slated for a theatrical and VOD release on February 3rd. Meanwhile, the film's original song "Pour Me Out of This Town" by "Wheeler" is currently available on iTunes.
Wheeler is an aspiring musician from Kaufman, Texas who travels to Nashville with the lifelong dream of trying his hand at country music. By embodying the title character under prosthetic make up, actor Stephen Dorff successfully infiltrates Music City and takes his character on an authentic singer / songwriter journey. With the help of key allies on the ground, "Wheeler" converses with real people in real locations, with every musical number performed live. The line between reality and fiction blurs as Wheeler chases his dream in this touching tribute to old school country legends.
directed by Ryan Ross
starring Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, Audrey Spillman, Bobby Tomberlin
release date February 3, 2016 (in theaters and on VOD)