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July 16, 2011  | by: Vivian Dai

Christina Hendricks

Fresh off of her Emmy nomination for her role in Mad Men, Christina Hendricks has also surprised the public by signing on to an indie comedy film written by Chris Colfer.

The movie, a coming-of-age story called “Struck By Lightning”, will start with Colfer’s character being hit by lightning—the rest of the movie will pick up after his death. (The director of the movie, Brian Dannelly, also dealt with the afterlife in his 2004 comedy Saved.) Chris Colfer, famous for his role as Kurt in Glee, wrote the script that will be told in flashback sequences and will follow his character’s experience in high school of trying to blackmail his fellow students into contributing to his literary magazine. Also attached to acting in the film are stars like Alison Janney (Juno, The West Wing), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding), and Angela Kinsey (The Office).

Dannelly, who began filming on the movie this week, said that he is “thrilled” to start the project, which “really captures the trials and tribulations of coming into your own,” also calling Colfer’s screenplay “smart, fresh, and funny.” Dannelly called the cast “phenomenal” as well, and rightly so. With a cast so predominantly based in sitcoms, Christina Hendricks will bring some valuable dramatic edge. Her appeal to both women and men, along with her Emmy buzz, doesn’t hurt, either.

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