The project will include a scene in which Stapp will perform as Sinatra at the famed Cocoanut Grove, at a time when Ronald Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild and the club was a staple of old Hollywood. Reagan stars Dennis Quaid in the titular role and is planned for a 2021 release.
“Sinatra in performance mode was an exercise in restraint,” Stapp says in a statement. “He had this steely, stylish swagger and his sheer presence commanded a room. I was excited to join the cast and blown away by the on-set attention to detail, style, and overall production.”
Stapp joins a cast that also includes Penelope Ann Miller as Nancy Reagan, Mena Suvari as Reagan’s first wife Jane Wyman, Kevin Dillon as Jack Warner, and Jon Voight as a KGB agent who tracked Reagan for decades. Reagan reunites Quaid with director Sean McNamara, who helmed 2011’s Soul Surfer co-starring the veteran actor and this year directed Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!
“We are honored to have Scott in Reagan,” says McNamara. “Scott’s known for big, high energy performances so it was a thrill to see him shift gears to embody Sinatra’s contained charisma.”
As the leader of Creed, Stapp has sold millions of albums and earned a best rock song Grammy for the hit “With Arms Wide Open” in 2001. His most recent solo album, The Space Between the Shadows, was released last year.