What do you do after making it big on TV? Well, for Chris Colfer, best known for Kurt on Glee, he wrote and starred in his own film “Struck By Lightning.” The film was directed by Brian Dannelly. Well, the good news is that Colfer’s film has been picked up by Tribeca Film and will have a theatrical release later this year.
The film starts with Carson, a jaded high school outcast, who is first struck by lightning. The film then focuses on the life of Carson via flashbacks as he tries to get into Northwestern and out of his boring hometown.
According to the HuffPo:
To achieve that goal, Carson starts a literary magazine with the help of his best friend, Malerie (Rebel Wilson), and a little bit of blackmail. Carson digs up dirt on the popular kids (Sarah Hyland, Allie Grant, Matt Prokop and Ashley Rickards) and bribes them to write for the magazine. As if that weren’t enough, Carson also has to deal with his highly medicated mother (Allison Janney).
Colfer drew heavily from his own high school experiences in order to write this film.
From the press release:
Demonstrating that life is what happens while you’re busy planning your future, Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via witty, insightful flashbacks, including a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school that he concocts with his best friend (Rebel Wilson, Bridesmaids), and a home life that includes a mother (Allison Janney, Juno, “The West Wing”) who’s more interested in the bottle than her son’s future and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney, My Best Friend’s Wedding) who suddenly appears with a pregnant fiancée (Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”).
“Showcasing his remarkable talents not only as an actor but as a writer and storyteller, Chris Colfer infuses this reinvention of the high school comic-drama with such spirit and joy that he almost makes us fondly nostalgic,” said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. “Rousing, fresh, superbly acted by a strong ensemble, and wonderfully directed by Brian Dannelly, we are delighted to be partnering with Chris and his fellow filmmakers to share this new take on a classic genre for a new generation.”
Colfer added, “I’m so thrilled to be partnering with a company as passionate about this film as we are.”
“I was hoping Struck by Lightning would end up somewhere like Tribeca Film, because I watch films all the time on demand,” said Brian Dannelly. “It’s exciting that an independent film like ours can now be seen by so many people—instantly—at the same time the film is premiering in theaters.”
Picture by David Shankbone via Wikipedia.