The Velvet Underground is a cult classic film from the late 1960s. The movie has been available on DVD and Blu-Ray for a while now, but it’s only recently that The Velvet Underground became available to stream on Apple TV. The cast includes everyone from Lou Reed to Nico – as well as a lot of other famous musicians who are just starting out in their careers. The plot follows an aspiring singer named “Hero” (played by Tony Shanahan) who moves to NYC with his wife (played by Candice Bergen) looking for fame and fortune.
Release date of The Velvet Underground movie:
15th October 2021
Cast and characters of The Velvet Underground movie:
-Nico: A German woman living in New York City, she becomes the love interest of The Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed.
-Andy Warhol: The creator and promoter of The Velvet Underground, he also acts as manager for Hero (Tony Shanahan).
-John Cale: The co-founder of The Velvet Underground movie, who is also a friend and neighbour to Hero (Tony Shanahan).
-Sterling Morrison: The other co-founder of The Velvet Underground. He helps Lou Reed write lyrics for their music.
-Maureen Tucker: The drummer of The Velvet Underground band members. She is the sister of Hero (Tony Shanahan).
-Candy Darling: The transgender muse and glamour queen who is a friend to The Velvet Underground. She helps them create their costumes as well as design sets for their shows.
-Phyllis Stein: The manager of The Velvet Underground band members who also becomes an object of lust by The Velvet Underground themselves.
-Hero (Tony Shanahan): The brother of Maureen Tucker who is also a friend to The Velvet Underground members. He helps them design sets for their shows as well as costumes.
-Andy Warhol: The famous artist and filmmaker, Andy Warhol becomes the manager of The Velvet Underground band members taking over the role of Phyllis Stein. The Velvet Underground also become part of Warhol’s The Factory which is the base for The Velvet Underground band.
-Sterling Morrison: The second guitarist of The Velvet Underground and brother to Mary Morrison who becomes a victim to heroin as well as her own family members including Sterling himself.
-Lou Reed: Lou Reed was the lead singer and songwriter of The Velvet Underground band. The movie also focuses on Reed’s relationship with Andy Warhol and his struggles in The Factory which eventually leads to the downfall of The Velvet Underground.
The film follows Hero (played by Tony Shanahan), an aspiring singer who moves to The City. While there he becomes friends with The Velvet Underground (played by Lou Reed, John Cale and Maureen Tucker). They introduce him to their manager Andy Warhol who helps them attain stardom as The Velvet Underground band members.