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Janney gets ‘Struck by Lightning’

Thesp to star in laffer opposite Chris Colfer of 'Glee'

Allison Janney will star with Chris Colfer of “Glee” in the indie coming-of-age comedy “Struck by Lightning,” directed by Brian Dannelly (“Saved”).

Colfer’s script opens with Colfer’s character being struck and killed by a bolt of lightning; flashbacks will chronicle his exploits as he blackmails his classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he’s publishing. “Lightning” will be Colfer’s bigscreen debut (Variety, Dec. 7) and will be shot during Colfer’s summer hiatus from “Glee,” starting July 11 in L.A.

David Permut is producing alongside Rob Aguire and Evil Media Empire’s Mia Chang. Colfer and his manager Glenn Rigberg will exec produce with Jason Michael Berman. Co-producing will be Permut Presentations’ Steve Longi, Camellia Entertainment’s Monica Aguirre Diez Barroso and Mark Moran. Permut is producing the Sam Kinison biopic at HBO Films with Tom Shadyac, who is also attached to direct, and a feature film based on the life of John De Lorean, written by Adam Mazer.

ICM, along with Doug Stone of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder, LLP, represented Camellia Entertainment in the deal. Camellia Entertainment provided financing for the project. ICM will co-represent the North American sale with Traction Media. Colfer recently penned a pilot for the Disney Channel called “The Little Leftover Witch,” based on the children’s book of the same name, and will also publish two books with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers that will be released in the summer of 2012.

Janney will be seen next in the DreamWorks feature “The Help” and has also completed production on the indie features “The Oranges” and “Liberal Arts.” Colfer recently penned a pilot for the Disney Channel called “The Little Leftover Witch,” based on the children’s book of the same name, and will also publish two books with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers that will be released in the summer of 2012.

Colfer is repped by Coast to Coast, Inphenate, and Derek Kroeger at Felker, Toczek, Gellman, Suddleson. Janney is represented by WME and Thruline. Larry Kopeikin represented Permut in the deal.

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