The producers of the indie musical “Americana Dream” tapped Nashville musical artists Mary Sarah and Sam Varga to play the story’s central couple, Billie Carton and Lucky Fontana.
Sarah and Varga landed the lead roles after an extensive nationwide search for singer-songwriters to star in the original musical written and directed by Ate de Jong and co-written by Variety Steven Gaydos.
“Americana Dream” takes viewers behind the scenes of the film’s titular reality TV music competition program, where Lucky and Billie go from impostors willing to do anything for money and fame to a real couple, willing to sacrifice their dreams of success for true love and their true music.
Sarah was a Season 10 runner-up on NBC’s “The Voice” and is set to star in Justin Ward’s upcoming cinematic comedy “Paradise: The Movie.” Sarah recorded her first album “Bridges”, when she was only 15; the project showcased his talent alongside country music legends such as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and Tanya Tucker and was re-released by Time Life Records in 2020.
Varga has also been performing since his teenage years, releasing singles and performing regionally; his dynamic live act garnered significant attention in Austin, Texas before moving to Nashville in 2017. Last year, Varga’s single “Fall Down,” co-written with Kalie Shorr and William Stone, charted 1 million views on TikTok.
Jonathan De Azevedo was also cast alongside Sarah and Varga, playing the key role of OD Orozco. The Los Angeles-based actor was last seen in Shawn Levy’s hit comedy ‘Free Guy,’ starring Ryan Reynolds, and he also starred in Dennis Dugan’s 2020 cinematic comedy, ‘Love, Weddings. & Other Disasters”.
The project is produced by De Jong, whose credits include “Drop Dead Fred” and “Love Is Thicker Than Water”; Gaydos, who served as Variety executive vice president of content since 2019 and, outside of journalism, has produced credits on films such as “Beverly Hills Wedding” and 2021’s “Road to Nowhere,” which he also wrote; and Ellis Goodman, who recently produced 2019’s “Judy,” for which Renée Zellweger won the Best Actress Oscar.
The music for the film was composed by the songwriting collective “Rain in the Drought”, which includes veteran Nashville musician Michael Kosser, whose songs were recorded by country superstars Blake Shelton, George Jones, Tammy Wynette , Conway Twitty and Marty Robbins; singer-songwriter Gregg Stewart, of Stewboss and Les Mazarines; and singer-songwriter Rob Kolar, who recently composed the music for Samantha Bee’s TBS comedy series, “The Detour.”
“Americana Dream” will shoot in Louisville, Ky., this fall.
[Pictured: Mary Sarah, Sam Varga and Jonathan De Azevedo.]