Pete Davidson to play Joey Ramone in biopic from Syracuse movie director

“Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson is set to play punk rock legend Joey Ramone in a new biopic for Netflix.

ET reports Davidson will reunite with “Big Time Adolescence” director Jason Orley, who shot the 2020 movie in Syracuse with Davidson, for the upcoming project “I Slept With Joey Ramone.” Orley will direct; he and Davidson are also writing the treatment for the film, based on the memoir of the same name by Ramone’s brother, Mickey Leigh.

“When you share a bed with someone – and not just a bed, but a childhood, a family, and a lifetime – you know that person better than anybody else. Mickey Leigh not only collaborated with his big brother’s band – he has irreplaceable memories of and insights into Joey Ramone, having supported him when no one else would and witnessed him overcome adversity in the most dramatic way,” said Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms Motion Picture Group, who’s producing the film in cooperation with the Estate of Joey Ramone.

Ramone, whose real name was Jeffrey Ross Hyman, was a founding member and the lead singer of The Ramones. The influential ‘70s and ‘80s punk rock group, whose members all adopted Ramone as their stage names, was known for hits like “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” and “I Wanna Be Sedated.”

Hyman died 20 years ago today on April 15, 2001, at age 49 after a battle with lymphoma.

Davidson, who’s starred on “SNL” since 2014, has seen his star power rise since filming “Big Time Adolescence,” Orley’s directorial debut, in Central New York in 2018. He released a standup comedy special on Netflix (also directed by Orley), co-wrote and starred in Judd Apatow’s “The King of Staten Island,” and has a superhero role in James Gunn’s upcoming “The Suicide Squad.”

Pete Davidson, Jason Orley

Pete Davidson (L) and Jason Orley at the “Big Time Adolescence” afterparty at DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at Sundance Film Festival 2019 on January 28, 2019 in Park City, Utah.Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for AT&T and DIRECTV

While in CNY, Davidson memorably visited Destiny USA and other local establishments with then-fiancee Ariana Grande, plus stirred up controversy when he was pulled over by Manlius police in nearby Fayetteville. Davidson was never arrested, but his friend and passenger Joey Gay was charged with marijuana possession.

Davidson called the city of Syracuse “trash” and accused police of hunting him down due to his celebrity status, but he appeared to attempt to make amends by wearing a Syracuse University sweatshirt in an “SNL” skit earlier this year.

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