'The Help' Co-Stars Join Indie 'Light Years' (Exclusive)

Allison Janney Chris Lowell - H 2011
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Allison Janney Chris Lowell - H 2011

Allison Janney and Chris Lowell team up for the Maggie Kiley directed feature.

Allison Janney and Chris Lowell, both of whom appeared in The Help, have joined Jessica Szohr and Rose McIver in Light Years, a romantic drama indie that began shooting this week in New York.

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Maggie Kiley is directing the feature, which expands and builds upon the story she told with her award-winning short Some Boys Don’t Leave which starred Jesse Eisenberg. Kiley wrote the screenplay with Matthew Mullen.

Lowell is playing a boy who is heartbroken over a girl (McIver) and begins a  relationship with Szohr's character, though he can’t move past the one with whom he believes he is meant to be with. When he goes to work at an observatory, he meets an astronomer (Janney) who helps guide him back to the right path.

Clark Gregg and Peter Jacobson are also in the movie.

Paul  Finkel and Jason Potash of What A World Productions are producing along with Kyle Heller and Gina Resnick under their VariEnt banner.

Janney recently wrapped Liberal Arts, Josh Radnor’s follow-up to his directorial debut Happythankyoumoreplease and has the indie Struck by Lightning in the can.

Lowell recurred for several seasons on Private Practice and recently wrapped AWOL, also starring Liam Hemsworth and Aimee Teegarden.  

Both are repped by WME and Thruline Entertainment.