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April 26, 2010

Bo Duke: No Hazzards in This Upcoming Film

John Schneider to star in 'Doonby,' sort of a modern version of 'It's a Wonderful Life'


According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Schneider, who played Bo Duke in the 1980s TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, will play a modern-day George Bailey in Doonby. Schneider has played roles in a number of Christian films in recent years.

The title character, Sam Doonby, is a happy-go-lucky drifter who takes up residence in a small Texas town but seems suspiciously immune to the misfortunes that beset the other townsfolk. The film, described as a cross between It's a Wonderful Life and Crazy Heart, is written and directed by British filmmaker Peter Mackenzie.

Tommy Warren is producing with Mark Joseph, a marketing veteran whose campaigns included The Passion of the Christ and Facing the Giants. Joseph also is co-producing the film's soundtrack, which includes music from AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson.

"Doonby" is written and directed by British filmmaker Peter Mackenzie and will be shot at Spiderwood Studios near Austin.