by: Sammy Mink
Ian McShane and Nelsan Ellis have both joined the cast of BOLDEN. The biopic stars Gary Carr as “father of jazz” Buddy Bolden, the coronet player who was one of the founders of jazz. The role originally went to Anthony Mackie, but due to scheduling conflicts, Carr stepped in to fill the jazz master’s shoes. McShane is set to play Bolden’s rival Judge Perry, while Ellis has been cast as an entrepreneur who manages Bolden’s band.
McShane is the veteran actor best known for his roles in the HBO series “Deadwood,” as well as “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” He has also lent his voice to various animated features, including “Shrek the Third,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “Coraline.” More recently, he played Amphiaraus in Brett Ratner’s “Hercules.” Next up, McShane is set to star in comedy “Grimsby” with Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong.
Ellis’s breakout role on HBO’s “True Blood” as Lafayette Reynolds led to roles in feature projects like “The Help,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” and the James Brown musical biopic “Get on Up.” Ellis is next set to move behind the camera to helm documentary “Damn Wonderful.”