Billie Joe Armstrong Gives Update on 'Surreal' HBO 'American Idiot' Movie

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
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Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs at the Hollywood Palladium on Oct. 17, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Forget what you know about Green Day's American Idiot musical. Whatever memories you have of St. Jimmy and the gang sprinting around the Broadway stage and breaking into song should be set aside as GD singer Billie Joe Armstrong works on the film version of the album/musical for HBO.

Speaking to NME, Billie said that the pay cable channel is "into it" and the re-write they're working with is "going good."

As the group prepares to hit the road in support of their recently released Revolution Radio album, Armstrong is getting ready to reprise his role as St. Jimmy in the movie adaptation. "I think it's going to be a lot different from the musical," he told NME. "It's kind of more surreal, but I think there's going to be parts of it that might offend people -- which is good. I think it's a great time to offend people."

Armstrong said he's most excited about figuring out ways to do things on film that were impossible to do on stage. "I think there's just going to be a lot of imagery that we couldn't pull off in the musical in the stage version," he said. "You know, I don't want to give away too much, but I think it will be shocking in a way which makes you think."

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