Tom DeLonge, who fronted Blink-182 until 2015, is according to Deadline working on his first film. The artist directs Monsters of California, a science fiction film starring, among others, Casper Van Dien.
Described as a “coming of age adventure with a science fiction twist,” the film revolves around the teenage Dallas who witnesses a number of paranormal events in Southern California with his friends.
The story is inspired by DeLonge’s own childhood. The 44-year-old artist grew up in a San Diego suburb and spent time with a close group of friends.
“The friendships, curiosity and irreverence eventually led me to found Blink-182,” he says. “In my film these aspects come to the fore, but also my obsession with the blurred boundaries between science and science fiction.”
Among others Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Richard Kind (Mad About You) en Arianne Zucker (Days of our Lives) play roles Monsters of California.
DeLonge, who scored hits with Blink-182 as All The Small Things, is known for his keen interest in UFOs. He was previously named UFO Investigator of the Year at the International UFO Congress and produced the documentary series Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation for the History channel.
DeLonge left Blink-182 in 2003, after which the rock band broke up. The group reunited in 2009, but DeLonge left the band again in 2015.