Willie Nelson’s going to have a busy first few months of 2017.
In addition to “God’s Problem Child,” the new album he’s got coming in April, Nelson will be starring in a live movie with fellow Texans Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson.
“Lost in London” will be filmed live in London tonight at 8 p.m. CST and will be broadcast simultaneously through Fathom Events in certain theaters throughout America and the United Kingdom. The film, written and directed by Harrelson, is a re-telling of a wild night Harrelson had in London back in 2002. After going out one night, Harrelson accidentally broke an ashtray in a cab, escaped that cab and got in another one, and then finally got arrested.
“I got in another taxi, and [the first cab driver] follows that taxi, which is moving at two miles an hour. Then the cops come around the corner and I did a real brainy move: ‘Let me out of here!’ I start running around Sloane Square and this cop’s following me,” Harrelson told the Telegraph in 2002. “I’m not excusing my behavior. I was a freaking idiot. It took a long time to settle down. In the cell, I had a lot of adrenaline. I did some yoga and was thinking, here I am, I’m 40 years old, this kind of madness I want out of my life.”
Now with the hindsight to focus on the humor of the event, Harrelson turned it into a movie, and brought his friends along. Those friends include Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson.
Nelson will play himself in the film and act as the voice of reason for Harrelson during his wild night in London. He wasn’t with Harrelson when the events in the film happened, but he said he jumped at the chance to be involved when Harrelson asked.
“I think my job is just to help him out and morally console him and tell him what a prick he is,” Nelson told Rolling Stone Country. “Woody, Owen and I are all Texas boys. We’ve been friends for a long time; we hang out together in Maui a lot. We play dominos, poker, chess, you name it…The movie sounded exciting.”
The country singer has racked up a bevy of film credits during his multi-hyphenated career, including “Honeyscuckle Rose,” “Songwriter,” “Stagecoach,” “Wag the Dog” and “The Big Bounce.” (Oh, and there’s also that “Dukes of Hazzard” remake, but we won’t go there.)
“Lost in London” will be broadcast live tonight at the Metroplitan Stadium 14 and the Cinemark at Southpark Meadows. Buy tickets here.