Pete Davidson is going from playing a record executive in one Netflix heavy metal biopic (The Dirt) to starring in a Netflix punk biopic all his own.
Today, on the 20th anniversary of his passing, news broke Davidson will portray punk rock icon Joey Ramone in an upcoming biopic titled I Slept With Joey Ramone. The project hits close to home since it was written by Ramone’s brother, Mickey Leigh. Davidson will collaborate on the screenplay with Jason Orley, who is also directing the film. Orley previously directed Davidson’s Netflix special Alive From New York.
“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,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman STXfilms Motion Picture.
“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. I Slept with Joey Ramone is a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic, set apart by a universal story of family. Pete is perfect for this role and we’re excited he and Jason will be bringing this icon of rock to life and thrilled to be collaborating once again with our friends at Netflix.”
As you can imagine, reaction from fans of The Ramones on Twitter has not be unlike that of film buffs when Davidson played George Bailey in a charity reading of It’s A Wonderful Life last year. But who knows. Maybe he’ll wind up surprising Ramones fans everywhere. Time will tell.
Mickey Leigh took to social media today and weighed in on the casting stating that he’s been in talks with Davidson on the project since December 2020.
the silver lining! good things come to all eventually.- ya just gotta live long enough. .guess i did. – he’s gonna be GREAT. ..been talking with him since we had this meeting in December. he’s a great guy. more sensitive and thoughtful than you think. and, as i told him the first time i talked to him -“i liked ya instantly when i saw you on SNL because- and don’t take this the wrong way- but, because you reminded me so much of my goofball friends from Forest Hills”. when he laughed at that i knew it would work. I couldn’t be more thrilled about him doing it. and best thing is= he WANTED this part, like… a LOT!