Pete Davidson is stepping out of his mom’s basement and into the role of Joey Ramone, for Netflix and STX Films’ upcoming biopic about the punk rock innovator, I Slept With Joey Ramone.
The biopic will depict the life of Ramone, who cofounded the eponymous band in Queens, New York in 1974, Variety reports. The Ramones helped launched the 1970s and ‘80s punk rock scene that sprung up around downtown venue CBGB, and are credited with igniting punk in the UK with performances there. The group disbanded in 1996, but have a lasting influence on both punk and pop culture today.
The announcement comes on the 20th anniversary of Ramone’s death; he died from lymphoma in 2001. I Slept With Joey Ramone is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh. Leigh will serve as an executive producer, and Joey Ramone’s estate has given the film its blessing.
The film will reunite Davidson with director Jason Orley. The pair worked together on 2019’s coming-of-age comedy Big Time Adolescence, as well as on Davidson’s latest standup special. Davidson will also help adapt the script.