Stephen Dorff Plays a Country Singer in Official Trailer for 'Wheeler'

December 6, 2016
Source: YouTube

Wheeler Trailer

"It all begins with a song…" Momentum Pictures has unveiled a full trailer for a film titled Wheeler, a faux-documentary about an aspiring country music singer from Texas who heads to Nashville to make his dream come true. Actor Stephen Dorff plays Wheeler, underneath lots of make-up and a heavy country western accent, and no one knew it was him when he was making the film. As explained by Rolling Stone: "only a handful of the cast knew that it was Dorff underneath the makeup, and fans at the Bluebird CafĂ©, where he performed, were also unaware." Nice work pulling that off. I can't tell if this film is making fun of country music, or just having fun creating a fake musician, but it actually looks like it's worth checking out.

Here's the first official trailer for Ryan Ross' Wheeler, from YouTube (originally via Rolling Stone):

Wheeler Movie

Wheeler is an aspiring musician from Kaufman, Texas who travels to Nashville with the lifelong dream of trying his hand at country music. By embodying the title character under prosthetic make up, actor Stephen Dorff successfully infiltrates Music City and takes his character on an authentic singer / songwriter journey. With the help of key allies on the ground, Wheeler converses with real people in real locations, with every musical number performed live. The line between reality and fiction blurs as Wheeler chases his dream in this touching tribute to old school country legends. Wheeler is written and directed by filmmaker Ryan Ross, and produced and co-written by Stephen Dorff. Momentum Pictures will release Wheeler in select theaters + on VOD starting February 3rd, 2017 early next year. Who's interested in it?

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Much disappoint this is not a biopic on Wheeler Walker Junior.

DAVIDPD on Dec 6, 2016


Looks and sounds interesting enough. Had me wondering what the hook or twist may be. I'm in.

Movie Bear on Dec 6, 2016


Man, I really admire to Stephen Dorf. He goes playing role after role and just goes on. Sometimes he gets and does something good, sometimes just not. But he doesn't give up. I like that. This looks like something typical but still good to watch ...

shiboleth on Dec 7, 2016


Apparently your admiration does not extend to getting his name right.

CarlySimon on Mar 31, 2017


They're definitely not making fun of country music if they've got Kris Kristofferson in it. However, I'm kinda turned off by the song once the drums kick in; starts sounding like any of those same-ass crappy modern-day country songs that are actually more pop/adult rock. Makes it hard to suspend belief that the protagonist is any good as a country musician.

Terry Craig on Dec 7, 2016


Oh, yeah, the Bluebird. Man, I haven't been to Nashville in a while...

Mark Brackney on Dec 10, 2016

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