The lead role has been cast for Detour, a pilot for a proposed Fox TV series based on the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. According to Deadline, British actor Ben Aldridge will play Michael Sturges, a successful rock star who quits his band at the age of 30 in order to go back to college. Also cast in the show is Joey Morgan as Walter, Michael’s sweet-natured, brilliant but socially awkward college roommate.
Cuomo is listed as one of the executive producers on the show, which is based on his real-life decision to take some time off from Weezer activities while he attended Harvard, where he got his bachelor’s degree in English.
Aldridge starred in the 2014 BBC drama series Our Girl as well as the musical version of American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre in London. Here in the U.S. he has had a recurring role on the CW series Reign.
Weezer is currently supporting their latest album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, and will be touring this summer.