As reported in today’s Los Angeles Times, multi-platinum-selling artist TOM DELONGE has written and directed a live-action short film featuring “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Posey. On October 13th, DeLonge will premiere an exclusive scene from the yet-to-be-titled film at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets and information about the event (“A Conversation with Tom DeLonge”) can be found at this location – Click Here.
The film, due for release later this year, also stars Dylan Sprayberry (Man of Steel), Taylor Spreitler (”Melissa & Joey”) and Samantha Logan (“The Fosters”).
Posey, best known for his starring role as Scott McCall in the hit MTV series “Teen Wolf,” will play Poet Anderson, a character DeLonge created and introduced last fall via the award-winning animated film, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker. Winner of Best Animated Film at the Toronto International Short Film Festival, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker is about a young boy who is a Lucid Dreamer that can tunnel between the Waking and Dream Worlds, an alternate universe created by mankind’s shared unconscious thoughts.
It’s worth noting that the live-action film has a completely separate plot line from its animated predecessor. DeLonge describes it as “a brief and modest look into the mythology of the Poet Anderson universe. Meant to be a bit ambiguous and artistic, the plot traces the edge of a girl having recurring dreams of a boy at her school. While the dreams are romantic, fun and adventurous, a real threat exists requiring someone there at all times to protect her.”
Enter Posey as Poet Anderson. “As a big fan of Tom’s, I knew all about the Poet franchise and couldn’t have been more stoked to be a part of it,” he says. “And I was so humbled that he picked me to bring Poet to life. It was nothing short of a dream to work with him, let alone having him compliment me on my work and feeling like a true friend of his rather than just a work partner. He’s a real genuine, ambitious and inspiring person that I love calling a friend.”
“I was introduced to Tyler through some common friends, says DeLonge,” and after a brief conversation it became very apparent we needed to work together. He was a passionate guy, and desiring opportunities to create art that was out of the box and forward-thinking. This made him a great match for the way I think. Tyler, as a person, has a gravity and calmness that came through on this film. He added ‘cool’ to the Poet character, a steady hand of youth and bravado. The emotional range he brought showed the heart, and passion for what a ‘Poet’ does…and is.”
Next up for DeLonge is the much-buzzed-about novel Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares (Simon & Schuster), the first of a planned trilogy of YA Poet Anderson adventures co-written with New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young. Set for an October 6th release, the novel explores an unknown world where dreams meet reality and the disappearing chasm in-between. DeLonge will be discussing and signing copies of the book at the October 13th Grammy Museum event.
DeLonge and Young will also be signing books October 7th at Anderson’s Bookshop in Chicago, October 10th at Powell’s City of Books in Portland (Tom only) and November 7th at Book Passage, Corte Madera in San Francisco.
DeLonge’s band Angels & Airwaves just released a companion EP for the novel titled ‘…Of Nightmares,’sections of which will appear in the new film. Billboard premiered “Home,” one of the EP’s tracks, along with an animated excerpt from the book, which can be seen HERE. That followed the recent Rolling Stone premiere of lead track, “Into The Night.” The new EP follows last year’s Angels & Airwaves album, The Dream Walker, which hit No. 1 on iTunes.
About Tom DeLonge
Tom DeLonge is an award-winning musician, producer and director, best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the platinum-selling bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. Under his media production company To The Stars…, Tom has created transmedia entertainment properties that span music, film, comics and books. ToTheStars.Media will bring together all media formats for one major compelling visual landscape of the Poet Anderson universe. An advanced book club community will also be live for fans that want to immerse themselves in the book prior to publication date and experience a directors cut of the book with rich media content.
About Tyler Posey
Tyler Posey stars on “Teen Wolf,” currently in its fifth season. Host of TEEN CHOICE 2014 and the winner of the TEEN CHOICE 2013 award for “Choice Male Summer TV Star,” Posey has also won an ALMA Award for “Favorite TV Actor” and was one of Variety’s “Power of Youth” honorees for his work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2013, Posey appeared on the big screen in “Scary Movie 5.” He also starred in the indie film “White Frog,” and in Kevin Smith’s upcoming feature comedy “Yoga Hosers.”