Glee star Chris Colfer has landed his first big movie role.
The 20-year-old actor has signed on to make his film debut in the coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning, Variety has learned.
Chris plays gay character Kurt Hummel on FOX’s cult musical series — a role which won him a 2010 Emmy nomination.
Chris also wrote the screenplay for the film, described as an independent effort inspired by Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and other ’80s teen flicks directed by late lensman John Hughes. Colfer has teamed up with Youth in Revolt producer David Permut to bring the project to the big screen. Permut says he was floored by the outstanding quality of the screenplay.
“I was very impressed with how sophisticated (Colfer’s) writing is. He may be only 20 but he’s an old soul.”
No director or other cast members are attached to the project yet, which plans to begin production when Glee goes on hiatus for summer in May. The movie will be shopped around studios early next year.
Colfer joins a number of his fellow castmates in transitioning to the world of cinema Cory Monteith, who plays Finn Hudson on the show, filmed the romantic-comedy Monte Carlo this summer. Dianna Agron, the alter ego of Quinn Fabray, appears in the upcoming teen sci-fi I Am Number Four. and Rachel Berry’s Lea Michele has been tapped to appear in the sequel to this year’s ensemble comedy Valentine’s Day — New Year’s Eve.
Chris has had roles in just two other film projects, including the voice of Drama Dog No. 2 in the canine comedy Marmaduke and a part in short film Russell Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident.