Green Day's American Idiot musical to become film

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Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical. As an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Streep) is about to let go of engaged daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). For Sophie's wedding, the proud mother has invited her two lifelong best friends from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. Yet unbeknownst to Donna, Sophie has secretly invited a few guests of her own. Hoping to find the identity of her father so that he can walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past. Also starring Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper.
April 13th, 2011

The Green Day-inspired musical 'American Idiot' is to be turned into a feature film.

The Broadway stage production - which uses the songs of the band's seminal 2004 album to tell the coming-of-age story of three small-town guys - is set to close on April 24 and 'Milk' screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is in talks to write the script for the cinema version with Michael Mayer directing.

It is expected Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong will be asked to play the role of the drug dealer St. Jimmy, Deadline.com reports.

Before the musical opened last year it was optioned by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, who previously turned the stage hit 'Mamma Mia!' into a smash hit movie.

When the musical first came out in 2010, Billie admitted he was very proud and pleased with the production.

He said at the time: "It moves people. I think it's the same reason why you would want to go see a band play live, you know?

"It's a record that's coming to life, it's in your face, and it's a story.

"That's what 'American Idiot' does. That's what it does in the music, and that's what it does onstage."