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Cory Michael Smith (Gotham), Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis will star in 1985, an AIDS drama from Yen Tan.
Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp and Big Hero Six‘s Jamie Chung are also set to star in the indie, which will begin shooting in late May in Texas.
The feature is based on Tan’s short of the same name, which won the special jury prize at last year’s SXSW. He expanded the script for the drama and is directing.
The film focuses on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in Texas. His attempt at revealing his circumstances to his conservative parents (Madsen, Chiklis) are challenged when he reconnects with his pre-teen brother (Schnapp) and his old flame (Chung).
The pic is being produced by Emmy Award-winner Ash Christian for Cranium Entertainment and producer HutcH for MuseLessMime Productions.
Nancy Schafer, Monte Zajicek and Stacey Davis are executive producing. Jeff Elliott and Chad Moore will also serve as executive producers in addition to co-financing and handling sales through their outfit, Green-Light International.
The film 1985 marks a bit of a Gotham big-screen reunion. Smith plays Edward Nigma on the Batman/DC Entertainment-based television show on which Chiklis also appears. Chung, who voices GoGo Tomago on Big Hero Six, has also appeared on the show, playing Valerie Vale.
Madsen currently appears on ABC’s Designated Survivor. Schnapp returns for season two of Stranger Things this fall.
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