Harrelson in talks to join cast of ‘Sailing’ musical

LOS ANGELES: Three-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, who received positive response for his work as Cletus Kasady in ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’, is currently in negotiations to join Lionsgate’s 1970s musical jukebox ensemble ‘Sailing’ from ‘Rock of Ages’ creator Chris D’Arienzo, reports ‘Deadline.

The project is presented as a group of musicians in the late 1970s as they discovered the soft sounds and softer lifestyle that was yacht rock, the genre of soft rock music that took over FM radio in that time.

D’Arienzo, according to Deadline, has sold the land along with Jeremy Plager, who will develop and produce with MegaMix (Jonathan Levine and Gillian Bohrer) and Harrelson.

Speaking of yachts, Harrelson recently starred as the hysterical Marxist captain of one in the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or-winning comedy “Triangle of Sadness.”

In a statement seen by Deadline, Erin Westerman, president of production for Lionsgate, said, “Everything about the yacht rock vibe, ethos and lifestyle will be incorporated into this fun and hilarious nostalgic comedy.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Jeremy, Jonathan, Gillian, Chris and Woody, and we’re confident it will not only have a phenomenal soundtrack, but also put you in a summer mood.”

Levine and Bohrer’s Megamix has a first film and TV deal with Lionsgate; and they’re behind the studio’s sequel to Dirty Dancing, with Jennifer Gray reprising her role as Baby Houseman. They also have Mick Fleetwood’s musical drama, “13 Songs,” in development at Fox.