John Benjamin Hickey Leads Cast Of Marching Band Pilot At Amazon

Amazon MGM Studios has handed an official pilot order to Band, a drama created and executive produced by Daniel Barnz who will direct the pilot and serve as showrunner on the potential series. The project had had a blinking green light for weeks while assembling its cast. The actors have now been set, including John Benjamin Hickey who stars alongside Miguel Angel Garcia, Lynley Eilers, Alex Fitzalan, Henry Hunter Hall and Chanté Adams.

L-R: Chante Adams, Henry Hunter Hall, Lynley Eilers, Alex Fitzalan

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Band is a diverse ensemble of passionate teens who navigate the chaos of adolescence while finding unity and belonging in their school’s marching band. Star player Axel (Garcia), his fiercely loyal best friend Sasha (Eilers), sexy newcomer Simon (Fitzalan), heartthrob drummer Evan (Hall), friends, and lovers march under the watchful eye of their fearless leader Cole (Hickey) and his right-hand Zadie (Adams). As the adults navigate their personal lives and school politics while hiding secrets of their own, they will, alongside their students, ultimately confront their individual struggles and shared dreams. Amidst the highs and lows of coming of age in the 21st century, our teens will learn that their greatest strength lies in embracing differences, forging an unbreakable bond of chosen family and finding a hopeful tune of unity in a world of contrasts.

Daniel Barnz and Ben Barnz executive produce under the duo’s We’re Not Brothers banner, which has an overall deal with Amazon MGM Studios. David Stone of TFC Productions also executive produces.

Daniel Barnz and Ben Barnz/ photo: Warrick Page

Most recently, Daniel Barnz wrote, directed and executive produced the Max original series Genera+ion, which he co-created with his teenage daughter Zelda and produced with his husband and frequent collaborator, Ben Barnz.

Garcia recently appeared in the SXSW Film Festival 2023 Audience Award The Long Game, which was released last Month. Previously he recurred in the Hulu series Promised Land. Next, Garcia will be seen in the Annie Gonzales-lead Jenni, a biopic of Mexican-American singer-songwriter Jenni Rivera, and in indie A Wonderful Way With Dragons. He is repped by Inclusion Management | Mucho Mas Media, Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole, CESD Talent Agency.

Harriet breakout Hall can currently be seen in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series The Watcher and appears in 20th Century’s revisionist Romeo & Juliet feature, Rosaline. This marks his return to Amazon after his role in Hunters. Hall will next be seen in War Of the Worlds for Universal and director Timur Bekmambatov. He is repped by BKEntertainment, Atlas Artists, and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka.

Model-actor Eilers is making her television debut in Band. She is repped by Collier Talent Agency.

Fitzalan can be seen in Searchlight’s Chevalier. He recently shot the Lionsgate/Stan series Prosper as well as the SBS series Erotic Stories. He has a history at Amazon as well with his role on The Wilds and also appeared on Netflix’s The Society. He is repped by UTA, Mosaic, CBM Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Hickey recently directed Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in London’s West End, following a Broadway run. Hickey played Henry Wilcox in the play The Inheritance on Broadway and in the West End, for which he won an Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Tony Award. Recent films include Salem’s Lot for New Line. He is repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.

Adams most recently appeared in David. E. Kelly’s Netflix limited series A Man In Full, directed by Regina King. At Amazon, she played a lead in A League Of Their Own and also performed on Broadway in Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew. She is repped by Linden Entertainment, UTA, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

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