Film about Lynyrd Skynyrd's tragic plane crash to begin production later this month

Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesA new biopic focusing on the tragic 1977 plane crash that claimed the life of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant and other members of the band will begin shooting in Los Angeles at the end of April, Deadline reports.

Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash is being directed by Jared Cohn, who also wrote the film based on a story by ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, one of the survivors of the accident.

The film is based on Pyle’s experiences and recollections of the crash, which took place October 20, 1977, when a plane the band chartered ran out of fuel over Mississippi following a show in Greenville, South Carolina. In addition to Van Zant, Skynyrd guitarist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines — Steve’s sister — the group’s road manager and the two pilots were killed. The accident occurred three days after the release of the band’s album, Street Survivors.

Actors Ian Shultis, Taylor Clift and Samuel Kay Forrest have been cast, respectively, as Pyle, Van Zant and Steve Gaines, while Them Guns frontman Navarone Garibaldi — son of Elvis Presley‘s ex-wife, Priscilla — will portray founding Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington. Rossington is the only original Lynyrd Skynyrd member who still plays with the group.

Street Survivors is being produced by Cleopatra Films, while Pyle is co-producing the project.

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