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Reece Thompson has landed the title role in the Yari Film Group’s dark comedy “The Sophomore” opposite Mischa Barton and Bruce Willis.
Thompson — who appears onscreen in Picturehouse’s “Rocket Science” — will play a bullied Catholic high school newspaper reporter who is persuaded to investigate the theft of SAT exams by the most popular student (Barton). But after he reveals that the school’s president and top jock are responsible, a more sinister conspiracy emerges.
Willis will play the school’s twisted principal, a Desert Storm veteran who can’t let go of his glory days in Kuwait. Willis’ daughter, Rumer, will play the sidekick to Barton’s character.
First-time feature director Brett Simon is now filming “Sophomore” in New Jersey through mid-September.
Thompson was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at January’s Sundance Film Festival for his role in “Science.” He will appear in the upcoming indie drama “Afterwards.”
Thompson is repped by WMA and Vickie Petronio at Play Management.
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