Nelly has been chosen to play late entertainer Chuck Berry in an upcoming Buddy Holly biopic called Clear Lake. Irish actor Ruairi O’Connor has been cast as Holly, who died in a plane crash at the age of 22 in February 1959. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actor Colin Hanks has also been cast in the film, where he will play Holly’s manager and producer Norman Petty.
According to Variety, the movie will tell the story of how Holly, Berry and other musicians made Rock ‘n Roll a global sensation and “changed the trajectory of civil rights in America.” Director Bruce Beresford, known for films, such as Driving Miss Daisy, spoke about the film, telling Variety, “I found myself attracted to Clear Lake because the script tells the tragic story of Buddy Holly and his era in fascinating detail and with vivid characterizations. Needless to say, the added plus of all the wonderful music was also a major lure.”