Tom DeLonge announces lead actors for Strange Times

Multi-platinum-selling artist and bestselling author TOM DELONGE has cast the lead roles for his upcoming feature film, STRANGE TIMES. Produced by DeLonge’s multi-media company, To the Stars and partners The Cartel and Striker Entertainment, the film is based on DeLonge’s STRANGE TIMES franchise about a group of rebellious San Diego skateboarders who take it upon themselves to investigate their town’s paranormal activity and wind up embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Jack Samson (‘Zodiac’) has signed on to play the part of Charlie Wilkens and Lizze Broadway (“Bones,” “Chicago PD”) will take the role of Alli.

“There were more than 3000 casting submissions for the film, but Jack and Lizze immediately stood out,” says DeLonge, who will also serve as the film’s director. “They’re incredibly talented actors who each bring a unique energy and perspective to the film. We were blown away watching them bring CharlieĀ and Alli to life.”

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Tom DeLonge defined pop-punk with Blink-182. He left stardom behind to study aliens

More than 20 years of research and reflection led to the new book. DeLonge’s perspective turned to the heavens in early adolescence, he told The Washington Post in a recent phone interview, after witnessing the conflict between his mother, a devout Christian, and his father, who was “not religious at all.” He began to wonder if something sinister was at work.

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Tom DeLonge: "blink-182 is in my DNA"

Even so, DeLonge has no regrets about his decision to favor To The Stars over blink. But his connection to the band remains strong.

“Blink is in my DNA,” he said, suggesting an eventual reunion is likely. “I talk to Travis quite a bit and we try and figure out how and when it’s going to make sense.

“It’s not like I (permanently) walked away. They have someone doing my job for me (in blink). It’s just that I’m so busy. If I wanted to, I could be back (in blink) in a period of days.”

From a business perspective, DeLonge never left blink.

“I still own the band,” he noted, before quickly clarifying that he, Hoppus and Barker “own everything” blink-related.