Stephen Karam's 'Speech & Debate' Film Set for April Release

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Liam James, Sarah Steele and Austin P. McKenzie in 'Speech & Debate'

The adaptation includes Liam James, Sarah Steele, Austin P. McKenzie, Kal Penn and Skylar Astin in the cast, plus cameos by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth and Darren Criss.

Speech & Debate is ready for the big screen.

Sycamore Pictures and Vertical Entertainment have announced that the film adaptation of Stephen Karam's off-Broadway play will hit select theaters and VOD on April 7.

Directed by Dan Harris, the coming-of-age comedy stars Liam James (The Way Way Back), Sarah Steele (The Good Fight) and Austin P. McKenzie (When We Rise) as teenagers who become an unlikely trio while reviving a defunct school club.

Roger Bart, Janeane Garofalo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kal Penn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Skylar Astin are also featured in the cast, which also includes cameos by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Darren Criss, as well as an original song performed by Kristin Chenoweth.

Tom Rice produced the film.

Tony winner Karam (The Humans) penned the screenplay, adapted from his breakthrough 2007 play. Directed by Jason Moore, the theater production premiered at New York City’s Roundabout Theatre Company with Steele in the starring role.

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