Apparently, being Glee’s breakout star earned Chris Colfer a lot of artistic credibility, because the first-time screenwriter’s film, Struck By Lightning, is attracting the likes of Dermot Mulroney, MadMen’s Christina Hendricks and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland.
The film will be a coming-of-age comedy and postmortem flashback, a la American Beauty, about Colfer’s character’s attempts to blackmail his high school classmates into supporting his literary magazine.
The immediate futures of these three additions to the cast (who’ll be joining The Office’s Angela Kinsey and Weeds‘ Allie Grant, among others) are not limited to Struck By Lightning. Mulroney will appear in J. Edgar and Everybody Loves Whales. Hendricks plays a leading role in the upcoming action-thriller Drive. Finally, Hyland, Modern Family’s Haley Dunphy, the less-than-brilliant daughter of Phil and Claire, has a supporting role in the romance Conception and a starring role in the comedy Geek Charming.