Tony Cavalero to play Ozzy Osbourne in THE DIRT

TONY CAVALERO (Courtesy: Variety)

Actor Tony Cavalero, who starred in the TV series 'School of Rock', has been roped in to play rocker Ozzy Osbourne in the Motley Crue biopic, THE DIRT.

Jeff Tremaine is directing the project based on the 2001 autobiography "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band" by band members Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and Nikki Sixx, along with author Neil Strauss, reports

Rich Wilkes, Tom Kapinos and Amanda Adelson adapted the script.

Osbourne broke out in the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, which fired him in 1979. He then became an even bigger star in the 1980s when Motley Crue emerged.

The band was formed here and released its first album, 'Too Fast for Love', in 1981. Motley Crue combined hard rock, heavy metal, and glam rock, going on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

THE DIRT will star Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil and rapper Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee. Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and Allen Kovac are producing.

Motley Crue played its final concert on New Year's Eve 2015 here. The project had been in development at Paramount more than a decade ago with Larry Charles attached to direct. Netflix bought the rights to the project last year.