Fans of British TV may recognise Luke Pasqualino from the likes of Skins, The Borgias and The Musketeers. He’s also appeared in Park Chan Wook’s Snowpiercer and the TV movie, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. However he’s now heading into American indie drama territory playing a male prostitute in the LGBT-themed Retake.
The news comes as the film launches a Kickstarter campaign to rise the final cash it needs to get in front of the camera, with a funding goal of $75,000.
Here’s the film’s synopsis: ‘A young male prostitute (played by Luke Pasqualino) is hired by Jonathan, a lonely middle-aged man, to be his companion on a road trip from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon.
‘Jonathan creates a role for the escort to play for the duration of the trip: “Brandon.” Eager to leave his own past behind, the escort accepts the role and they set off on their drive. “Brandon” quickly comes to realize he’s playing a pivotal part of Jonathan’s desire to relive his past.
“‘Brandon” and Jonathan — two damaged souls driving to the Grand Canyon, one trying to remember his past; the other trying to forget. RETAKE is an exploration of love, loss, identity, and the delicate balance of moving toward an uncertain future.’
Nick Corporon, whose short film, Barbie Boy, played at over 40 film festivals worldwide and won multiple audience awards, will helm from his own script (working from a story by Justin Bailey, Nick Corporon, Collin Brazie, and Gareth Dutton). He comments, “Our challenge in casting Brandon was to find an actor who is not just incredibly talented but fearless. Luke has established himself as dynamic and bold performer. His vivid take on Brandon will surprise those who have been with him since Skins.”
Also cast in the movie is Kit Williamson as Scotty. Kit is known to many for creating and starring in Eastsiders, the great gay-themed web series that made the leap to Logo TV. He’s also had a recurring role on Mad Men.
The hope is to shoot the movie in early 2015, but before that it needs to hits its crowdfunding goal. Take a look below at the fundraising video as well as Corporon’s movie Barbie boy, and if you like what you see, you can head over to Kickstarter for more info.