‘Waverly Place’s’ Sulkin to star in ‘1990’

Jason Priestley, Nicola Sammeroff to produce indie

One week after being cast in Isabel Coixet’s new movie, “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Gregg Sulkin has landed the lead role in the indie period pic “1990,” which is being produced by Jason Priestley and Nicola Sammeroff.

Jon E. Cohen is directing from a script he co-wrote with Sammeroff. Production is tentatively skedded to start next summer in Ontario, Canada.

Coming-of-age tale follows Josh (Sulkin), a high school student who transfers to a new school for his senior year, which sees him become best friends with classmate Kali. Though both harbor romantic feelings for one another, their timing never seems to be quite right.

Coming off a hugely successful year during which he wrapped a trio of indie pics, Sulkin is currently in Wales shooting Coixet’s Fox International feature “Panda Eyes,” which co-stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rhys Ifans and Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones”) as his love interest. Thesp, who is currently recurring on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” recently wrapped a new “Wizards of Waverly Place” TV movie in which he plays Selena Gomez’s love interest.

Priestly, who recently wrapped a supporting role in Youssef Delara and Victor Teran’s psychological thriller “Snap,” is currently directing Richard Dreyfuss in the indie comedy “Cas & Dylan.” He’s repped by APA and Thruline Entertainment.

Sulkin is repped by UTA, Danielle Del at D2 Management and attorney Greg Slewett.