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‘SNL 1975’ Origin Movie Finds Its Jim Henson, Michael O’Donoghue & Billy Crystal

EXCLUSIVE: Nicholas Braun, Tommy Dewey and Nicholas Podany have joined the cast of Sony Pictures’ SNL 1975, which will be directed by Jason Reitman and based on the real-life behind-the-scenes accounts of the opening episode of Saturday Night Live.

Braun will play Jim Henson, Dewey will play Michael O’Donoghue, and Podany will play Billy Crystal. The original screenplay is by Reitman and Gil Kenan.

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On October 11, 1975, a ferocious troupe of young comedians and writers changed television forever. SNL 1975 is the true story of what happened behind the scenes that night in the moments leading up to the first broadcast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. It depicts the chaos and magic of a revolution that almost wasn’t, counting down the minutes in real time to the infamous words, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

The screenplay is based on an extensive series of interviews conducted by Reitman and Kenan with all the living cast members, writers and crew. Reitman, Kenan, Jason Blumenfeld, Erica Mills and Peter Rice are producing.

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Braun is best known for starring in HBO’s now-wrapped drama series Succession, for which he earned three Emmy nominations and a Critics Choice Award. In film, Braun starred alongside Emilia Jones in Cat Person, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. It is a psychological thriller based on the viral New Yorker short story, surrounding a relationship between an unlikely pair. Up next, Braun is set to develop, co-write and executive produce One for the Road, a music series for HBO. Other credits include Zola, How to Be Single and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Dewey plays the title role in Caroline Lindy’s film Your Monster, which recently premiered at Sundance and which he also executive produced. Best known for his co-lead role on Hulu’s Casual, Dewey also starred in the Fox series Pivoting, appeared on Perry Mason and recurred on The Mindy Project. His feature credits include Book Club, The Front Runner and She’s in Portland.

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Podany’s credits include Apple TV+’s Hello Tomorrow and playing Albus Potter on Broadway in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Up next, he will play Mercutio in Verona, starring Jason Isaacs and Rebel Wilson.

Braun is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Dewey is represented by The Kohner Agency, Anonymous Content and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg. Podany is repped by AMT Artists & HCKR, Michal Zecher @MZ.MGMT.NY and attorneys Ira Schreck, Carolyn Conrad and Jennia Iordanou.

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