Tony Cavalero to play Ozzy Osbourne in Netflix’s Mötley Crüe biopic, 'The Dirt'

Tony Cavalero, who stars on Nickelodeon’s 'School of Rock' series, has officially signed on to play veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne in Netflix’s Mötley Crüe biopic 'The Dirt', reports Variety.

The 35-year-old Cavalero, who looks eerily similar to a young Osbourne, will join the rest of the cast, headed by 'Jackass' director Jeff Tremaine as they go into production next week. Cavalero will work with a cast that includes Douglas Booth as Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx; Iwan Rheon ( of 'Game of Thrones' fame) as guitarist Mick Mars; Daniel Webber as frontman Vince Neil; and rapper Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee.

Ozzy broke out in the 1970s as the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, which fired him in 1979, after which he started his legendary solo career. One of the more integrals moments in the history of Mötley Crüe came in 1984 when they opened for Ozzy Osbourne, and Cavalero will hopefully be true to Ozzy's character on screen.

Tony Cavalero of Nickelodeon's 'School of Rock' fame bears an eerie resemblance to a young Ozzy. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Mötley Crüe was formed in L.A. and released its first album, “Too Fast for Love,” in 1981. Combining hard rock, heavy metal, and glam rock, the band went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best selling bands in the world. Motley Crue played its final concert on New Year’s Eve 2015 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The project had been in development at Paramount more than a decade ago with Larry Charles attached to direct, but Netflix bought the rights to the project last year.

Production is set to begin next week in New Orleans and original founding members of the band, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee are on hand to lend their guidance. 

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