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Pete Davidson Will Play A Punk Rock Icon In New Netflix Biopic

Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson is taking on an exciting new role. Known for his SNL tenure, a position he's had since 2014, Davidson has recently been taking on more film roles. After smaller roles in films such as Trainwreck and Set It Up, he starred in the Jason Orley's directorial debut, Big Time Adolescence, in 2019. The following year saw the release of a semi-autobiographical film, The King of Staten Island, which Davidson co-wrote and starred in. Additionally, he'll soon appear in the upcoming Suicide Squad film as Blackguard.

Along with his role as Blackguard, another exciting project is on the horizon for Davidson and was just officially announced. Collaborating for the third time with Orley — who also directed Davidson's Netflix standup comedy special, Pete Davidson: Alive from New York — the SNL star will be taking on the role of a punk rock music icon for a Netflix biopic.

Pete Davidson will play Joey Ramone

The Hollywood Reporter announced Pete Davidson's casting in the Joey Ramone biopic on the 20th anniversary of the punk icon's death. Born Jeffrey Hyman, the musician took on the professional moniker of Joey Ramone with the formation of his band, The Ramones, alongside his bandmates who also took on the pseudonymous surname (via The Vintage News). 

The upcoming Netflix film, titled I Slept with Joey Ramone, is based on the memoir of the same name by Mickey Leigh, the brother of Joey Ramone, which was originally published in 2009. The feature film, a partnership production between Netflix and STX films, will focus on Ramone's rise to stardom; more specifically, it will zero in on how Ramone became publicly known as a counterculture icon. THR also reports that Davidson and Orley are working on the feature treatment for I Slept with Joey Ramone together. The film has no release date as of yet, but we're excited to see Davidson's portrayal of the punk icon.