The skinny kid from Hoboken, the chairman of the board, Ol’ Blue Eyes — like the Devil, Frank Sinatra is known by many names, and has worn many suits over the years. Whether as an overworked young pop star or a hardened cultural institution, the man with the smoothest voice on earth defined style and attitude for a whole generation of gin-drinking everyday people. So it’s safe to say that one might not immediately associate him with soulful Christian hard rock. And yet Scott Stapp, former singer of Florida’s Creed, will portray Mr. Sinatra in an upcoming Ronald Reagan biopic.
According to Billboard, Stapp will portray the Rat Pack singer in Reagan, MGM’s new biopic about the life and times of the United States’ 40th president, Ronald Reagan. Apparently, Stapp will take the stage as Frank himself for a performance at the infamous Old Hollywood club the Cocoanut Grove; Ronnie used to party there regularly as the president of the Screen Actors Guild, and Frank would sometimes show up, perform, and most likely put a dent in their Jack Daniels supply. Playing Reagan himself will be Dennis Quaid, alongside Penelope Ann Miller, Mena Suvari, and Jon Voight as a KGB agent (it’ll be like Anaconda all over again). The movie is currently filming.
“Sinatra in performance mode was an exercise in restraint,” Stapp said 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.”
“We are honored to have Scott in Reagan,” said director Sean McNamara, whose other credits include the Baby Geniuses TV series. “Scott’s known for big, high energy performances so it was a thrill to see him shift gears to embody Sinatra’s contained charisma.”
The film is planned for a 2021 release. In lieu of Creed, we offer you some Sinatra in these trying times.
Words by Chris Krovatin