Young gay actor Chris Colfer has gained a huge legion of fans playing Kurt in Glee, but he’s more recently been showing he’s a bit of a writer too, as he penned the screenplay for Struck By Lightning, which he also stars in. It’s now been announced that the film will close Outfest, LA’s major LGBT film festival.
The film sees Colfer as a young man who, after being struck and killed by lightning, recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow high school classmates into contributing to his literary magazine. Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and Allison Janney also star.
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary Vito will open Outfest on July 10th, which is about Vito Russo, one of the founding fathers of the gay liberation movement and a vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s (and probably best known as the author of The Celluloid Closet). Struck By Lightning closes the festival on July 22nd.
Colfer’s film is one of 147 films from 24 countries that will play at the festival. Other movies that will screen include Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis’ Cloudburst; Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt’s Any Day Now; Lance Bass’ Mississippi, I Am; Michael Urie’s Thank You for Judging; and Thora Birch, Christine Lahti and Brittany Snow in Petunia.