He can sing, he can act, and he can dance; the talented Chris Colfer may be known for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on Fox’s hit TV series Glee, but the 22-year-old’s ready to show off his screenwriting skills. That’s right, at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, audiences were treated to Colfer’s new dark comedy, Struck by Lightning, in which he also stars. And now you can check out the newly released trailer, which has several surprises.
Struck by Lightning tells the story of Carson Phillips (Colfer), an over-acheiving senior who will do just about anything to leave his tiny town behind and enter the college of his choice, Northwestern University, even if it means blackmailing several of his peers. But there’s a couple roadblocks he’ll have to face: first, he needs to beef up his credentials, and second, he’ll have to find the truth and goodness within himself to persevere, despite having an alcoholic mother who can’t see past the bottle, much less her son’s dreams.
Chris Colfer & Rebel Wilson Team Up!
If you expected this to be your average coming-of-age film, think again; the story will be told in series of flashbacks. In the opening scene, the 17-year-old is struck by lightning; this event causes Carson to reveal how he blackmailed his classmates into writing short stories for his literary magazine as part of his plan to gain acceptance into Northwestern.
The film includes all the right ingredients for a memorable indie drama: Allison Janney, from Juno, plays the mother; Rebel Wilson, who’s gained a legion of fans from her hit film Pitch Perfect, plays Carson’s best friend; and the story appears to be a fresh take on life in high school.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Colfer hinted that Struck by Lightning won’t be the last of his screenwriting efforts:
“Creativity is the best gift ever and the worst curse ever,” he said when asked about his future writing process during the festival. “It kind of fills your body. It’s something you have to do. You can’t ignore it. You have to get stuff down.” – [Source: HuffPost]
Could we have the next Ben Affleck on our hands? Let’s hope so! Struck by Lightning stars Chris Colfer, Rebel Wilson, Allison Janney, Ashley Richards, Dermont Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, and Robbie Amell. This film slams into theaters January 2013.
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’Struck by Lightning’ Trailer