Back on the hog. Controversial Young and Restless alum Chris Engen's next project is making a lot of buzz at film festivals. The actor is starring as Virgil, one of two primary lead roles in Easy Rider: The Ride Back, a sequel/prequel to Easy Rider, the 1969 counter culture flick that made icons out of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. Co-produced by Sheree J. Wilson of Dallas and Walker Texas Ranger fame, Easy Rider: The Ride Back also stars none other than Lauralee Bell (ex-Cricket Blair, Y&R). The film, which was shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, is being released Oct. 1 in select cities.
Engen made headlines last Spring when he reportedly walked out on his Y&R role as Adam Wilson/Victor Newman Jr., allegedly protesting the direction his character's storyline was headed in, which included a same-sex seduction. Engen was quickly replaced on the sudser by Veronica Mars star Michael Muhney. For more on Easy Rider: The Ride Back click here.