Tony nominee Brian J. Smith, now one of the stars of Netflix’s original series Sense8, has signed on to star in The Passing Season, and indie drama from first-time director Gabriel Long. Rebecca Atwood is producing the pic, which begins shooting this week in Rhode Island. In the script by Long and Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Smith will play a pro hockey player whose career comes to an abrupt end. He returns to his hometown, reconnects with a group of high school friends, and attempts to escape into an earlier, simpler time in his life. Patrick Murney (Public Morals), Gayle Rankin (Broadway’s Cabaret), Elizabeth Alderfer (The Good Wife) and Nick Choksi (Happyish) co-star.
Smith earned his Tony nom for playing The Gentleman Caller opposite Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto and Celia Keenan-Bolger in the 2013 revival of The Glass Menagerie. He is repped by Innovative and Sanders Armstrong Caserta.
Rialto Pictures will rerelease writer-director Whit Stillman’s debut film Metropolitan in August in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary. The 1990 indie darling about a young man’s romantic misadventures while trying to fit in to New York City’s debutante society earned Stillman a Best Original Screenplay nomination. The cast included Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols, Allison Parisi, Dylan Hundley, Isabel Gillies, Will Kempe, Bryan Leder and Elizabeth Thompson.
The pic will roll out beginning August 7 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, add Los Angeles’ Laemmle’s Royal the next week and add cities nationally into the fall. Rialto recently gave Orson Welles’ restored The Third Man a similar rerelease treatment. Stillman, meanwhile, is in post on Love & Friendship toplined by his Barcelona stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, and more scripts of his Amazon pilot The Cosmopolitans are in the offing.