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Riley Keough and Camila Morrone are taking center stage. The two are set to co-star in Daisy Jones & the Six, based on the book by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The musical limited series will follow the title rockstar (Keogh) as she achieves stardom in 1970s L.A. Reese Witherspoon will executive produce the mini series, which is will release on Amazon Prime in 2023.
Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming project, including all of its new cast members.
What’s it about?
Daisy and the Six is based on the 2019 novel of the same name, which was previously a pick for Witherspoon’s Book Club. Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, who will also produce the series, the book follows the rise and fall of a renowned rock band in the 1970s. Keough will play lead singer Jones, who is described as someone “born into privilege but ignored by her selfish parents. She is a spirited and enigmatic singer/songwriter who comes of age and rises to rock superstardom against the backdrop of the L.A. music scene in the 1970s,” per Variety. Original music from the series will also be available through Amazon Music, according to The Wrap.
“I’m so honored to be your Daisy,” Keough wrote on Instagram when her casting was announced.
When will it premiere?
Daisy Jones & the Six premieres on Prime Video on Friday, March 3, 2023. The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that the limited series would be 12 episodes long. While there is no trailer yet, Vanity Fair shared a number of first-look photos here.
Who is in the cast?
Keough will lead the series as Jones, and has plenty of experience to draw on for the role. In 2010 she starred alongside Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in The Runaways, about the rise of the band that introduced Joan Jett and Cherie Currie to the world. Keough also has a unique family tie; she’s the eldest grandchild of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
Morrone will play Camila, girlfriend of lead singer Billy Dunne and, per Deadline, “the band’s center of gravity.” In the series, “she follows the love of her life in his pursuit of rock stardom only to discover her own potential along the way.”
As for who will play Dunne, The Hunger Games‘ Sam Claflin has been cast in the role, per Variety. The character is being described as “the band’s charismatic frontman” whose life gets complicated when he starts developing feelings for bandmate Daisy.
Deadline reported a batch of additional cast members for the show, including Nabiyah Be (Black Panther) as Daisy’s friend Simone Jackson, Suki Waterhouse (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as female rock pioneer Karen Sirko, Josh Whitehouse (The Knight Before Christmas) as band bassist Eddie Roundtree, and Will Harrison as Billy’s brother Graham. In February 2020, Deadline confirmed the casting of Sebastian Chacon (Penny Dreadful: City of Angels) as drummer Warren Rhodes, who is referred to as the “unpretentious backbone of the Six.” Timothy Olyphant plays Rod Reyes and Tom Wright plays Teddy Price, Vanity Fair confirmed in a December 2022 story.
The cast will also play themselves aged 20 years older as their characters in present day, for documentary-style interview scenes.
Niki Caro (Whale Rider, 2020’s Mulan) will direct multiple episodes of the series, including the pilot, as well as executive produce, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to Caro, Witherspoon, and Reid, Lauren Neustadter of Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine will executive produce along with Brad Mendelsohn and showrunner Will Graham. Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now) created the series and will also executive produce.
What will the music be like?
The series will feature original songs using lyrics from Reid’s book and embodying the sound the ’70s rock era. While the story is inspired by Fleetwood Mac, the Daisy Jones producers didn’t want the show’s music to sound like “an imitation of any specific group,” according to Vanity Fair. They tapped Blake Mills, who has played with Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, and Tony Berg as lead songwriters, who created 25-plus tracks that play throughout the season. The duo collaborated with a number of real-life artists, including Phoebe Bridgers. Book fans will recognize songs mentioned in the novel, like “Regret Me” and “Aurora.” The soundtrack will also be released via Atlantic Records.
Keough and Claflin sing with their real voices in the series—there is no dubbing—and all cast members played their own instruments, per VF.
Is there a trailer?
Not yet, but Amazon has shared a first look at the series with a number of stills. Keep scrolling for a glimpse below.
This story has been updated.
Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage on TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There is a 75 percent chance she’s listening to Lorde right now.
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