Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has signed on to appear in an upcoming film titled Cottonwood , a murder-mystery set in West Texas during the U.S. Great Depression. The movie, which is based on true events, focuses on a county sheriff named Rube Whitlock who becomes involved with the killing of a local racist.
Perry will portray a character named Joe Walker in the movie, and also will contribute to its soundtrack. Cottonwood 's other cast members include Louis Gossett Jr. , Anthony Michael Hall , Alison Eastwood of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , and Ethan Suplee of the TV show My Name Is Earl .
"I am extremely proud and excited to be a part of this very distinguished, heartfelt film and to work with the outstanding cast and production team," says Perry in a statement.
Meanwhile, Cottonwood 's producers have launched a campaign to help raise money for the production via the project-funding site IndieGoGo . The initiative is looking to bring in $750,000, and is offering those who contribute money a variety of perks, depending how much is donated. Among the goodies are an official T-shirt, a DVD of the film, a copy of the script, behind-the-scenes photos, a private screening with the cast and crew, and the chance to appear as an extra or have a cameo role in the flick. The campaign runs until February 15. Money contributed to the film will not be refunded, even if the goal isn't met.
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