Actor Matt Dallas may have come out of the closet, but that doesn’t mean he’s now only interested in stereotypically gay role. Nope, there are no hairdressers or florists in his near future. Instead he’s teamed up with his friends, Charlie Bewley and Steven Grayhm, to come up with the script for Thunder Road, which looks at life after war.
Now they’ve launched a KickStarter, hoping to raise a gargantuan $750,000 to get the movie made.
The film follows, ‘the story of returning U.S. soldier SGT. CALVIN COLE (played by Steven) whom we meet in present day Detroit as a troubled veteran who suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Initially resistant to the VA system COLE must find a way to assimilate back into civilian life before he ends up dead or in prison.
‘Through his rekindled friendship with his estranged childhood friend PFC. DARRYL SPARKS (played by Matt) who he served on the “buddy system” with and his newly formed relationship with a doctor at the VA Medical Center, COLE finds redemption and salvation through sharing his captivating experience as a combat infantryman. The film also explores the psychological repercussions of war and seeks answers to the growing epidemic of PTSD and tbi in returning soldiers.
‘Thunder Road also shows the allied forces involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as we intertwine COLE’s story with CPT. CHARLES RHODES (played by Charlie), a Sandhurst educated Captain of the British Army who we learn has crossed paths with COLE and SPARKS during their service in the middle east.’
Steven first began writing the script back in 2003, but it’s only after he starred alongside Dallas on Wyatt Earp’s Revenge that they all started working together to make it a reality.
It sounds like an interesting film, so to find out more or pledge some money, head over to Kickstarter.