Struck By Lightning with Christina Hendricks Starts Filming

Christina Hendricks at the Drive Premiere
Christina Hendricks at the 'Drive' Premiere - © Richard Chavez
Filming is now underway on the coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning starring Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland, and Allison Janney. Brian Dannelly (Saved) is directing from a script by Glee stand-out Chris Colfer (who also stars in the film). Angela Kinsey, Allie Grant, Ashley Rickards, Polly Bergen, Brad Henke, Robbie Amell and Carter Jenkins have supporting roles in Struck by Lightning.
The story: Struck by Lightning “opens with Colfer’s character being struck and killed by a bolt of lightning, is told in flashback, and chronicles his exploits as he blackmails his fellow senior classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he’s publishing.”
“We’re so thrilled to begin filming this story that really captures the trials and tribulations of coming into your own,” stated Brian Dannelly. “We’ve got a phenomenal cast on board and Chris’ script is so smart, fresh, and funny but also has such heart. I’m excited to help tell this coming-of-age story that I think will resonate with young audiences, and all of us who’ve survived adolescence.”
From the press release:
Best known for her Emmy® -nominated portrayal of ‘Joan Harris’ on AMC’s critically acclaimed series Mad Men Hendricks’ upcoming features include The Weinstein Company’s comedy, I Don’t Know How She Does It, starring opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan, and the independent feature Drive. She was recently seen on stage with the NY Philharmonic, earning critically acclaimed reviews for her performance in Steven Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical, Company.
Dermot Mulroney can be seen starring in a number of projects that will be released in the coming year including The Family Tree with Hope Davis; Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, in which he plays Colonel Schwarzkopf to Leonardo Di Caprio’s J. Edgar Hoover; and Everybody Loves Whales, directed by Ken Kwapis, with Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell and John Krasinski. He has also completed work on Beyond, a thriller from director Josef Rusnak also starring Jon Voight; The Grey, a thriller directed by Joe Carnahan with Liam Neeson; and Trade of Innocents, an independent film written and directed by Christopher Bessette, in which he stars opposite Mira Sorvino. He also recently made his feature directorial debut with Love, Wedding, Marriage, a comedy starring Mandy Moore, James Brolin, and Jane Seymour.
Sarah Hyland shows currently stars in the Emmy® -nominated hit ABC comedy Modern Family. She was recently cast in Lionsgate’s comedy Gay Dude and this fall will star in the upcoming Disney Channel movie of the week Geek Charming opposite Matt Prokop (High School Musical 3). Previous roles include ABC’s Annie, Young Audrey in The Audrey Hepburn Story, as well as Law and Order and Lipstick Jungle. Last year, Sarah was individually nominated for a 2010 Teen Choice Award in the Breakout Female Star category and Modern Family has been nominated for two Teen Choice Awards in Breakout Show & TV Show: Comedy. The show also won a 2010 Emmy Award for Best Comedy, and Writing. Recently, Hyland was named Top 25 Under 25: Young Hollywood’s Brightest Television Stars by MSN.
Janney will be seen next in the DreamWorks feature The Help and has also completed production on the indie features The Oranges and Liberal Arts. Colfer recently penned a pilot for the Disney Channel called The Little Leftover Witch based on the children’s book of the same name, and will also publish two books with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers that will be released in the summer of 2012.
–July 14, 2011