Jake Owen to Make Acting Debut in “The Friend”


Jake Owen will make his official acting debut in the upcoming feature film “The Friend,” currently filming in Fairhope, Alabama. Owen joins Jason Segel (“How I Met Your Mother”), Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Academy Award-winning actor Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”). The film also stars Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”), Denee Benton (“Hamilton: An American Musical”) and Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Cherry Jones (“Boy Erased”).

Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”) with a screenplay by Brad Ingelsby, the film is based on writer Matthew Teague’s award-winning essay, “The Friend: Love is Not a Big Enough Word,” a true-story account first published in the May 2015 issue of Esquire about his terminally ill wife and the support of his best friend, who moves into their home following the diagnosis. The film is being produced by Scott Free Productions (“The Martian”) and Black Bear Pictures (“The Imitation Game”).

Currently, filming is taking place in Fairhope, Alabama, the place which the true story took place. Fairhope has also had other movies filmed there. “Get Out” was partially filmed there along with “Arkansas” featuring Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn to be released in 2020. According to AL.com, “The Friend” will be shot entirely in Fairhope. No other details have been shared about a release date.

Owen recently announced the release of his latest full-length studio album, GREETINGS FROM…JAKE, out March 29 on Big Loud Records, hinting at additional entertainment projects to come. With more than 3.4 billion global career streams to date and claiming another number one hit.

“Down To The Honkytonk,” follows Owen‘s seventh career #1, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane).” The John-Mellencamp inspired homage was also was also his first #1 single for Big Loud Records. Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally.