EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Belber has finally turned his 2004 Tony-nominated play Match into a feature. It stars Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard to star. The film, produced by David Permut, Rick Rosenthal and Matt Ratner, and it has just wrapped its New York City shoot.
Stewart plays a reclusive, eccentric Juilliard dance instructor and former choreographer, who is visited by a Seattle couple, (Gugino and Lillard) under the pretense of interviewing the dancer for her thesis on the New York dance movement in the 1960s. However, as the couple’s true intentions are revealed, he finds himself unable to dance around the impact of decisions he made long ago.
Belber wrote and directed the 2008 Jennifer Aniston-starrer Management and his other plays turned into films include the Richard Linklater-directed Tape and HBO’s The Laramie Project. He also created an untitled dramatic thriller that FX recently put into development as a potential series.
David Beitchman, Adam Brawer, Chris Mangano, Nick Morton and Larry Kopeikin are exec producers, and Steve Longi, Katie Mustard, and Terry Leonard are the co-producers.
Stewart, last heard as the narrator in Ted, just wrapped the indie Hunting Elephants and is prepping to reprise his role as Professor Xavier in X-Men: Days O Future Past. Gugino just starred in the mini Political Animals and the indie film Hotel Noir, and Broadway’s Road To Mecca. Lillard’s coming off The Descendants and Trouble With The Curve. Permut just produced Struck By Lightning, written by and starring Glee‘s Chris Colfer, and the producer’s next up with the Randall Wallace-directed The Conscientious Objector.