Gregg Sulkin has landed the lead in Status Update, an indie comedy from director Gabe Torres. Sulkin plays Josh, a five-star high school quarterback who wants to be a journalist. When he writes an article about his social experiment of changing his Facebook status from “single” to “interested in men,” a fellow male student with a crush on him creates a tribute video to “Josh the Gay Quarterback” that goes viral. The media picks it up, and Josh becomes a hero to gay teens. As his relationships get tested, can he keep the secret that he’s straight? Torres also co-wrote the pic with Britt Logan, and both produce for Digital Riot Media. Sulkin stars on MTV’s Faking It, whose third season launched Tuesday. Other credits include Pretty Little Liars and Wizards of Waverly Place, and he next will be seen in the feature Don’t Hang Up. He is repped by UTA, D2 Management and attorney Greg Slewett.

British actor Max Brown has joined John Hurt in the feature adaptation of That Good Night, which is based on NJ Crisp’s play. Eric Styles is directing from a screenplay by Charles Savage, who also will produce with Alan Latham of GSP Studios. The story chronicles a once-famous and now terminally ill screenwriter (Hurt) who is in pursuit of two final missions: to reconcile with his estranged son (Brown) and, secretly, to ensure he’s not a burden to his wife as he goes “into that good night,” as the Dylan Thomas poem says. Principal photography starts this month in Yorkshire. Brown’s credits include Agent Carter, Beauty and the Beast, The Tudors, the BBC’s Spooks (aka MI-5) and the feature You, Me And The Apocalypse. He’s repped by UTA, Silver Linings Entertainment and United Agents.

Nancy Tartaglione contributed to this report.