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"'Sopranos'" creator and Van Zandt reunite for drama

David Chase, screenwriter and producer of the television series, "The Sopranos," poses during a photocall at the 36th American film festival in Deauville September 4, 2010. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - David Chase has gotten the band together, and it’s turned into a reunion tour.

The “Sopranos” creator has been on a nationwide search for young, relative unknowns to star in his untitled rock ‘n’ roll coming-of-age film, and he’s found them in John Magaro, Jack Huston and Will Brill. But he’s also brought aboard his old “Sopranos” actor, guitarist Steven Van Zandt, to supervise the music for the film and executive producer.

The music-driven project, which marks Chase’s feature directing debut, follows a group of suburban New Jersey guys making their way during the 1960s in a rock band called the Twilight Zones. Shooting is scheduled to begin in January in New York. Paramount Vantage will release the film.

“I am thrilled to be working with Steven again, especially on this particular subject,” Chase said. “It’s not just that we both worship the same songs and bands from the era, it’s that he obviously knows so much. About every aspect. He embodies a particular spirit of a particular kind of rock ‘n’ roll. He actually is that spirit.”

Van Zandt grew up amid the music scene on the Jersey shore, becoming a songwriter and producer for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes before gaining international fame as an integral part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. He ultimately became an arranger on the Boss’ album “Darkness on the Edge of Town” and shared production credits on “The River” and “Born in the U.S.A.”

Chase cast Van Zandt as Silvio, Tony Soprano’s right-hand man, on his classic HBO series “The Sopranos.”