Green Day American Idiot movie gets green light

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Green Day’s American Idiot will be made into a movie by HBO, the band’s singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong has confirmed.

The film adaptation of their 2004 album will see the singer once again star as St Jimmy – a character he played during the stage show’s Tony Award-winning Broadway stint a few years ago.

When asked whether they’ll soon be focusing on the film project, Armstrong tells NME: “That’s the plan right now, yeah. We’ve got a green light from HBO, and the script is currently going through a couple of rewrites here and there, so I’m not sure when exactly we’re going to start shooting, but it’s definitely all systems go at the moment.”

This is the latest in a line of on-screen gigs for the frontman. He’ll play an ageing former rockstar experiencing a mid-life crisis in Ordinary World, which launches next week.

And Heart Like A Hand Grenade, a documentary based on the making of the seminal record, hits cinema screens across the US today.

Green Day have also announced an Australian and New Zealand tour next year in support of their long-awaited Revolution Radio. In the mean time, they have a number of dates over the coming months – with previously postponed North American shows to be re-scheduled in due course.

Green Day tour dates 2016⁄2017

Oct 08: New York Webster Hall, NY
Oct 17: Los Angeles Palladium, CA
Oct 20: Berkeley UC Theatre, CA
Jan 10: Turin Pala Alpitour, Italy
Jan 11: Florence Mandela Forum, Italy
Jan 13: Bologna Unipol Arena, Italy
Jan 14: Milan Mediolanum Forum, Italy
Jan 16: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Jan 18: Manheim SAP Arena, Germany
Jan 19: Berlin Mercedes Benz Arena, Germany
Jan 25: Oslo Spektrum, Norway
Jan 27: Stockholm Globe, Sweden
Jan 28: Malmo Arena, Sweden
Jan 30: Cologne Lanxesse Arena, Germany
Jan 31: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Holland
Feb 02: Brussels Forest National, Belgium
Feb 03: Paris Accorhotels Arena, France
Feb 05: Leeds First Direct Arena, UK
Feb 06: Manchester Arena, UK
Feb 08: London The O2, UK
Apr 30: Perth Arena, Australia
May 03: Adelaide Entertainment Centre , Australia
May 05: Melbourne Rod Laver Arena, Australia
May 08: Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia
May 10: Sydney Qudos Bank Arena, Australia
May 13: Auckland Vector Arena, New Zealand
Jun 23: Scheesel Hurricane Festival, Germany
Jun 24: Tuttlingen Southside Festival, Germany

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